And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” Luke 13:11-12
Imagine being seen by someone whose eyes you’ve never seen. Imagine going along your way, carrying your own ailment when that person declares to you that you no longer have to carry that ailment around anymore. What would your reaction be?
To be seen matters. So many people around us are “bent over” spiritually and emotionally—and yes, perhaps even physically. There are many who don’t think any one sees them or never thought to ask for help.
Obviously, Jesus the Christ, the divine Son of God, sees this woman before she sees him. He declares freedom to her, freedom to stand up straight, freedom to look into his eyes, freedom to move about at ease. She has been given a renewed perspective, both visually and spiritually.
Set free by God’s grace and forgiveness through Christ, we, too, can imitate Christ by “seeing” others who may feel unseen, unloved or excluded.
Who is someone Christ calls you to “see” to whom you may offer a word of encouragement or help? While you and I cannot literally heal someone, the Holy Spirit can work through loving actions to promote healing.