A few months ago, I felt a terrible pain on my shoulder down to my back. I was wondering why. I never carried heavy stuff. I felt the pain for like a couple of weeks. I happened to mention this to one of my colleagues. He said that maybe I was stressed. I thought about it, and then I realized it was true. I was thinking so much of my problems. Lots of burden in my head and that affect my physical health. Then I remember about what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” I believe that when you have so much burdens in life you will literally feel the pain on your shoulder and back.
This reminds me the story in Luke 13:10-17 about the woman who was bent over. Verse 10 and 11 says, “On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.” She could not look upward or forward. The woman's twisted body, permanently bent downwards and that she saw only the dirt and her dirty feet.
This symbolizes the woman who lack hope, or see only the negative things in life, the woman who is stunted and distorted by emotional pain, regret, anger or hopelessness. This symbolizes the woman who could not look up and see the possibilities before her. She could not see the smile on people’s faces. She could not see the sky. She could only see downwards to the dirt. Sad to say, that there are millions of unfortunate women who are bent over and can’t straighten up due to their circumstances in life.
We are bent over in many ways. We are bent over from carrying the unending burdens and pressures of life. We become dull and lifeless.
The following are the suggested solution to the reasons why there are women who are bent over.
Bent Over Woman in this World: not having a personal relationship with Christ
First Thessalonians 5:17 says "Pray without ceasing" We have 86,400 seconds in a day, how many seconds you spend in prayer in a day? – 60 seconds? 120 seconds? 180 seconds? Even 300 seconds prayer to God a day, you will not have the experience with Jesus to live through a crisis. We need to spend more time with Him.
Do you want to have a power and strength and wisdom as you face problems, trials and temptations? Set aside a time for you and for God alone. Cry out to God whatever your burdens are. Crying out to the Lord brings you His mercy. Our tears trigger from His magnanimous heart an outpouring of His mercy to you.
Bent Over Woman in this World: can't let go of old regrets
Bent over Woman in this World: stressed out
I want to share three of the many texts in the Bible about God's promises
1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
God gives us peace even the world doesn’t seem peaceful at all.
Bent Over Woman in this World: mind filled with negativity
Do you want to move in a positive direction and make a positive impact in the lives of people around you? By allowing God's power and strength to pour through you, you can see God's hand at work in your lives and in circumstances around you.
Second Peter 1:3 says "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness."
Bent Over Woman in this World: lack of forgiveness
Learn to forgive and reap the benefits!
Steps to forgiveness:
1. Confess and ask God for forgiveness 1 Jn 1:9
2. Accept His forgiveness
3. Forgive yourself
When God forgives, our sins do not exist any longer.
There are no records of them anywhere anymore.
God does not remind us of them ever again.
When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.
4. Ask God to bring to your mind who you should forgive
5. Ask to bring to your mind who you should ask for forgiveness
Friends, you want to feel the real Joy? Ask the Holy Spirit. Remember, If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Forgiving others means treating them as if there never was anything wrong between them and you.
The bent over woman was straightened up by Jesus
Back to the bent over woman, Jesus told her that she was free from whatever had twisted her body into a deformed shape. He put her hands on her, and immediately she was able to straighten her body. He could look upward, and she could see forward. It was not just her body that was healed, but her soul as well. Her immediate response was to praise God.
The story inspires us to mentally straighten ourselves to a standing position, where we see upwards to God for inspiration.