“Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’” (Matthew 9:2 NIV)
When my children were babies, they depended on me to meet their every need. Over the years I’ve watched them grow and become less and less dependent on Mommy. It’s certainly bittersweet to see how our relationship is evolving as they slowly test the waters to figure out what it means to be their own little people.
While we could have a whole discussion about how prepared I am for these changes (or not), I’m clear that there’s one thing I can hold on to as they grow; that is, my faith for them.
Here in Matthew 9, we meet the paralyzed man whom Jesus miraculously healed (both his body and his soul). But when we look closely, we see it was his friends who stood out.
When the friends couldn’t get the man to Jesus because of the crowd, they took drastic action and lowered him through the roof, right in front of Jesus (Luke 5:17-20).
The Scripture tells us, “When Jesus saw their faith,” that’s when he responded.
Now that’s the kind of faith I want to have for my children – a faith that moves the heart of God on their behalf.
Here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter the age or stage of my child – whether she’s little Miss Sassy-Pants or she’s grown and flown the coop – my faith still has a place.
So, hold on to your faith, Mama. Because faith still moves mountains.
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