Ever feel like second-best? Endlessly compared to others and always found wanting. Not pretty enough, not smart enough, not funny enough. Not ever enough.
Genesis 29: Leah knew this heartache. She lived in the shadow of her sister’s beauty; and her husband rejected her. But God heard her cries. He blessed her with children, and she held onto Him as her hope.
Ever feel like you can’t contain your pain? Your bones and your heart heavy with the weight of it. Each day the same; without help and without hope.
Mark 5: Isolated, ashamed, unclean, a sick woman stretches her hands out to Jesus. And in the roar of the crowd, he hears her. She’s been bleeding for 12 years now. Been to every doctor. Spent all she has and gotten worse. But this doctor has compassion upon her. “Daughter” he says. He takes away her sickness; and by calling her out, he takes away her shame. He restores her health and he restores her place in the community that cast her out.
Ever feel like you’ve a hunger that nothing can satisfy? Drunk deep at every well, but thirsty still? Emptied your accounts to fill yourself up? Spent—all spent—but desperate for more?
John 4: Her first wedding was full of happiness and hope. The second was quieter but he’s the real thing. Third marriage and this time will be different. Number four: no guests and a borrowed dress. The fifth wedding will be the last. Now he’s left too. Five names she’s had. And now none. Drawing water for her thirst, the woman no-one knows and no-one loves. Except Jesus. He sees her. And he gives her himself.
Whatever you’re facing this day, this week, God sees. He hears. And he saves.
You are not alone.