A friend of mine when she found out that I was writing on issues sent me the picture of Darth Vader. Thanks Kay! Her husband had sent it to her. When I saw it I thought how fitting it was. It may come to a surprise that we are a lot like Darth Vader when it comes to dealing with our issues.
We all wear a mask.
Our issues can cause us to wear a mask. I know I have for years. Starting in high school with a mask of everything was OK at home. Then I put one on that would cover up the pain I was in physically due to arthritis.
We all have breathing problems.
Our breathing problem may not be a physical one. More likely it is a spiritual one. Our issues can get in the way of us getting a Breath from God. Sometimes we become bitter, throw a pity party, or even blame God, all of which will stop Him from being able to minister to us.
We all don't want to be touched.
Where Darth Vader was completely covered in black. We tend to withdrawal from others and God. Believing the lies that if they really know who I am they won't want to be around me. Hiding from God in shame because of our issues.
This is where we can learn from the woman that reached out to touch Jesus.
He's our only hope.
She realized that Jesus was her only hope. All the physicians that she had gone to were unable to help her.
Like Pirncess Leia our chains can bind us to some nasty stuff. We can try to get free from it. Under our own strength we can't break the chains that bind us to our sin and issues.
Only The Master.
She had to reach out to Him for healing. No one else could do it for her. She needed to touch Him personally to be set free from her issue.
When we reach out to Jesus and turn our issues over to Him, then and only then can we from what binds us. Then and only then can we be completely healed.
May His Force be with you!