Every single time you wake up, your very life brings some measure of glory to God, showing off the wonder of his creative power. And while it’s awesome to take on enormous challenges and do monumental acts of kindness and bravery, sometimes all the strength you have is barely enough to set your feet on the floor and get out of bed.

Once, when Jesus was ministering in Galilee, a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years snuck up behind Jesus and touched the corner of his garment. She was healed instantly, and while she tried to sneak away, Jesus stopped her, called attention to her, and said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:48 NIV)

Twelve years is a long time. It’s a long time to bleed, which rendered her ceremonially unclean, untouchable, and ineligible to enter the Temple under Old Testament Jewish law. She had exhausted her finances on failed medical solutions. But for twelve years, she woke up and faced another day. Over 4,300 days in a row, she got up and lived life, even though she lived it with severe limitations.

Sometimes, the hardest thing you can do is just to keep living. With depression. Through pain. Without friends. Without finances. In poor health. Unemployed. Forsaken by friends. Abandoned by family. With no idea how things are ever going to get better.

At the end of those twelve very long years, she finally found Jesus. She fought her way to him. She snuck through crowd, reached out her hand, and did the boldest thing she could possibly do – touch Jesus’ clothing – and it changed her life forever.

Don’t give up in the dry season. Don’t despair when it seems like all darkness. Don’t stop pressing toward Jesus. His purpose awaits you. Healing is in his wings. And every day that you get out of bed with hope for better is one more opportunity to praise and glorify God.

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