This summer I planted a seed in a cup. It really took me back to my grade school years. Like a child I attended to that seed, watering it and putting it in the light. The first few days, I couldn’t even tell the seed was in the dirt, but I continued to care for it. Then one day it happened a little green shoot sprouted up through the dirt.
“Jesus said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” Mark 4:26-27
“The seed is the word of God…But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:11,15
As I thought about faith, I realized that the word of God must first be planted in our hearts and then it can produce.
That’s what happened to the woman with the issue of blood that the Gospels speak about.
You may be wondering how she felt all those years and doctor visits later, and still no answer for her problem. Having faced a cancer diagnosis, I can relate. I’ve spent money on medical care that I could have used for something else. I’ve been to doctors, been treated, but still standing in faith on God’s word.
She said in her heart. “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28 Somewhere along the way she had heard of Jesus and believed in him. Her faith motivated her to go after Jesus, even though she was considered unclean due to her condition. She pressed her way to Jesus, touching his robe, and making a demand on the power that he carried. He felt the release, and she was healed.
There are at least a couple of ways to be healed. One is “Voila!” Instantly it’s done. I like this way. I think, Jesus, why don’t you just snap your fingers or wink your eye, better yet just speak like God did when the world was created and I would be made brand new.” No more doctors. No more tests. This way is definitely appealing.
Another way of being healed is recovering over a period of time, which I like to call “The Process.”
Now, when it comes to healing, I would be the first to sign up for the instantaneous version, but that is not my story. The truth be told, though I wouldn’t choose the process, I am thankful for it.
When healing happens quickly, I believe you miss out on something valuable. But when you have to stand and believe God, a strength is birthed inside of you, that makes you able to stand through the next challenge and the next. In other words, you know how to fight and win. Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 The process prepares you to achieve multiple wins, to walk in your identity, to be more than a conqueror.
So here’s what I’m planting. I believe the report of the Lord, that my healing was purchased by the shed blood of Jesus. He took my sins and my sicknesses to the cross. He bore them so I don’t have to. I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. By his stripes, I am healed.
So what’s going on in your life? Is it illness or pain? Is it a relationship problem? A lack of finances? A goal that seems out of reach?
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
So plant the seed. Attend to it. And one day it will produce.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.