Positively Pressed

by Cynthia Jennings on January 29, 2020
Positively Pressed
I’m pressed!!! Usually when we hear these words it brings to mind someone being forced or stretching themselves beyond their limit to get something done, or trying to beat the clock. When in this state stress can be the companion of press.

What does your press look like? Is it comprised of the overwhelming stressful thoughts of OMG I need to hurry, not one more thing on my schedule!!??

Life is happening right before our eyes. We have things to do, places to go, families to tend to and careers to build. With all those things to do we often neglect or barely squeeze in time to nurture our spiritual life. If you’re like me the initial thought of press comes with a sigh and a statement something like this…..let me go ahead and do_____________.

There are times in my life when I am pressed. When pressed, I become very stressful and my body reacts in a negative way. I was complaining one day {to myself}. After some time, I became convicted because the Bible tells me not to complain but in everything give thanks. Yet I was grappling with things {I felt} that were pressing. I asked God to show me how to turn my view of press from negative to positive. Immediately the woman with the issue of blood came to mind. I began to think about how she forced and stretched herself beyond her limits, her tenacity in trying to beat the clock in that she was determined to touch the hem of Jesus garment before He left the Galilee region to speak to another crowd. As an outcast and socially isolated, not to mention she interrupted Jesus on His way to heal the mortally ill daughter of Jairus. I’m sure she endured some stress her in her press. But because Jesus was the focal point, she didn’t allow stress to engulf her nor did she complain.

The woman with the issue of blood equipped me {in so many ways}to change my perception of press. Although situations and circumstance causing the press may be negative my attitude toward it doesn’t have to cause stress especially once I learned to have faith to come to Jesus for direction and resolution.

 The woman with the issue of blood felt crushed, was under pressure, pressed and oftentimes felt as if she was in a dark place. But did she recognize being crushed, under pressure, pressed and in a dark place put her in a powerful place? A powerful place for transformation, healing and redemption to happen.

Our press may not be as serious or long as the woman with the issue of blood. However, the press can sometimes be the pressure we need to realize God is squeezing us beyond our limits that reduce us to the point where we have no other choice but to call and reach out to Him.

PEARLStoPONDER: Some of the finer things in life are pressed to produce the most beautiful outcome. How are you viewing your press?

Luke 8:43-48-- 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
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