Everyone Needs…

On Saturday morning, I headed off to an early appointment with my neurologist. Because I suffer from a chronic migraine, I’m a frequent visitor of the neurology department for ongoing testings, treatments and injections to lessen the 20+ migraines that come my way each month.

As I sat waiting for the good doctor to arrive, in comes a young lady, a participant from our disability ministry. Melinda has developmental delays. I greeted her, and she proceeded to say she was not happy to see me out of church. Melinda is set in routine and doesn’t like change or surprise. I ignored her less-than-cordial greeting and informed her I was about to receive 50+ injections in my forehead/head to help my headaches.

Melinda sat quietly for a moment and then loudly announced she didn’t think I needed a doctor, and I did not look sick. I asked what she meant, and she said I didn’t have a disability. I responded back that all of us at some point in life have a need for the medical community, and, even though my disability is not visible, I do have one.

I thought about our conversation throughout that day, totally understanding what Melinda meant when she said I didn’t need a doctor. I had no visible disabilty, sickness or brokenness, but inside and hidden from the human eye, I have a chronic illness.

I am reminded all of us are broken and disabled due to sin and our separation from God. And, no matter how perfect we look on the outside, we all have need for a Savior. In Matthew 23:27-28, Jesus says, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” We all need a Savior because we are all spiritually dead and helpless without Him, regardless of how put-together or perfect we look on the outside.

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