Mark 1:30,31 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.
I wonder what Peter’s mother in law felt like when all the activity was going on in their home. Peter’s house (where she lived) had obviously become the hub of activity in that little fishing village. In all of her life, this sick old woman could not remember excitement like this in their little town. The only thing even close was when all of the villagers would travel together to Jerusalem for one of the great feasts, even those great memories couldn’t compare to this.
No matter how hard she fought the feelings; loneliness, pity and even rejection were all knocking on her door. She wanted to enjoy this moment with everyone else but her tired old body just wouldn’t cooperate. In a moment of time all of that changed. Suddenly, Jesus Himself was standing over her, He reached down and grabbed her by the hand. She felt strength, and love, and healing going through her all at once. The next thing you know Peter’s mother in law was right in the center of all the action right where she wanted to be. She was handing out assignments as dinner was being prepared, after all it was time for a great celebration. Their greatest guest was in the house. Here are some thoughts from Maclaren on this beautiful miracle.
‘He came,’ as if He had been in some outer room, or not yet in the house, and now passed into the sick chamber. Then comes one of Mark’s minute and graphic details, in which we may see the keen eye and faithful memory of Peter. He ‘took her by the hand, and lifted her up.’ His hand banishes not only the disease, but its consequences. Immediate convalescence and restoration to strength follow; and the strength is used, as it should be, in ministering to the Healer who, notwithstanding His power, needed the humble ministration and the poor fare of the fisherman’s hut. What a lesson for all Christian homes is here! Let Jesus know all that troubles them, welcome Him as a guest, tell Him everything, and He will cure all diseases and sorrows, or give the light of His presence to make them endurable.”
Maybe you feel sick and tired and left out of all the action. Old age or infirmity doesn’t have to be an excuse to be miserable. Jesus is standing by your bed. Stretch out your hand and let Him lift you up. You too will serving again before you know it.