I recently heard Joni Earickson Tada on The John Ankerberg Show. For someone who has suffered in a wheelchair for 40 plus years, I think of her as a spiritual giant. I guess I figured she has it all together and those fiery darts the devil shoots at her just fall before they even hit her armor. But she said something on that show that was comforting to me. She told how sometimes in the morning just before her friend comes in the room to bathe her and get her ready for the day, she lies in the dark totally immobile and tells God that she just can’t do this paralysis thing one more day. There are days I feel like that, even though I don’t have as much of a burden as she does, like I cannot handle all of my problems one more day. But Joni said she then talks to God, she cries out to Him, and she said by the time her friend comes in the room, she has renewed strength to face the day, and she can greet it with a smile on her face. She gets her strength from God. “It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23). We need those mercies every single day; we need them new every morning to get through a day.
In the Bible, there are many stories of people receiving a touch from Jesus. In Mark chapter 8, a blind man was brought to Jesus and begged to be touched. Jesus touched him and he could see. In Luke chapter 6, it says that a whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then there is the woman in the crowd who merely touched Jesus’ garment and was healed of her blood issue that she had had for 12 years. In Luke, Jesus’ touch even reattached the ear of the servant of the high priest whose ear was severed by one of Jesus’ disciples. Do you need a spiritual touch from Jesus? Maybe in addition to your physical infirmity you have a spiritual infirmity as well. He is no longer on this earth to touch our physical bodies and make them well in an instant, but His gentle touch can heal our hurting souls. In times of pain, in times of discouragement, in times of confusion, times of uncertainty, you can cry to Him and ask for His healing touch on your soul.