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Blood Tests

September 29, 2005

I hate needles. I used to be one of those kids who either threw up or passed out when I had to get a shot or have blood drawn. Thankfully (for everyone!), I've outgrown that (I just don't watch), but I still hate needles.

This morning I've just gotten to work after having some blood drawn. Nothing major, just one stick, but it still hurt. The bandage is still on my right arm.

While the phlebotomist was doing what she does, I got to thinking. This is just one little needle. One little stick. In one little spot on my one arm. And it HURTS. What must Jesus have gone through on the cross for me? To basically have railroad spikes driven through His hands and feet, not to mention the mental anguish of separation from His Father.

I had this blood test done because I love the baby growing in me and want to do everything I can to make sure everything is OK. Jesus did it for the same reason. We're His "babies" and He loves us. He's done everything He can to ensure that, in the end, we'll be OK, too. He loves us so much that He chose to DIE (not just get stuck with a needle) rather than face eternity without us. Now that's love.

I like looking around me to find Jesus in the every-day stuff--even getting stuck w/ a needle. If you've had a spiritual lesson smack you in the head recently, e-mail me at and tell me about it. I'd love to hear from you!

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