The Expository Files

"And She Waited On Them"

Aren't women amazing? Scientists tell us women are more capable of enduring physical and mental strain than men, but didn't we already know that? It takes a remarkable set of circumstances to "keep a good woman down." The fever afflicting Simon Peter's mother-in-law in Mark 1:29-31 obviously was in that category. It was not only enough to keep her home from Sabbath services in the synagogue, but also enough to confine her to her bed (a good lesson for all of us with "headaches" on Sunday morning).

The text tells us that Jesus healed her of her malady. But the lesson I would like to draw is not one relating to the power of the Lord, but rather the power of service. As soon as she was healed, the text tells us, "she waited on them". Obviously she was healed sufficiently to work around the house, but no "healing" appears to have been necessary in her work ethic. She jumped at the first opportunity to care for her family, friends, and Lord.

If we get in the habit of waiting for the excuses for non-action to be removed before we act in God's service, we soon will find we need no excuses at all. How refreshing it is to see good sisters in Christ, often beset with infirmities, exerting themselves as much as possible to care for those even more afflicted than themselves. What an encouragement they are to us - and what an example as well. Many of us "big strong men" look spiritually scrawny next to some of these ladies. Remember this unnamed woman's example, and the admonition of our Lord - "We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work." (John 9:4)

By Hal Hammons
 From Expository Files 7.10; October 2000