How many of us lose “hope” after we misplace or not-have–in-possession something dear to us? Such as keys, wallets, assignments, purses, cell phones, computers. Your heart rate raises, you’re not able to think clearly, your not able to communicate; it is your sensorium process going in over drive. You have heard of flight, fight, or freeze process?
Jesus Christ experiences something similar. He didn’t lose his keys, he was going to lose his life, for us. He was experiencing what the medical field now calls a rare occurrence hematohidrosis, it is better explained in Luke 22:44 (ESV),”And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Even though Jesus was in agony and blood drops like sweat where exiting his glands, what did He do? He prayed more earnestly.
We may not experience hematohidrosis when we are in distress, but we still feel the absence and the pain, be it momentarily for losing something. Momentarily, i.e., briefly, quickly, fleeting moment. There is no linkage to momentarily when you haven’t been with that something or in this case someone for 920 days. It has been 920 days since Saeed Abedini has been in prison. Naghmeh hugged Saeed 2 years, 9 months, 1 week, and 5 days ago on June 22, 2012, when he went to Iran to finalize the openings of an orphanage for kiddos in his homeland.
I am confident that Naghmeh is in agony, but what does she continue to do? What Jesus showed us in Luke, she prays earnestly; praying for husband, but also for many of us, her support. So I challenge all of you to pray on by praying for Naghmeh. Pray specifically for Gods peace that will guard her heart and mind in Jesus. In Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV), we read, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus Christ taught us how to pray earnestly in times of agony, and the Apostle Paul encouraged us to control our sensorium process by praying with thanksgiving; giving our anxieties to God. What does God give us? Peace. So pray on for Naghmeh to continue to experience peace, but with that peace emotional regulation, so she can continue to perform her daily living activities of being a mom, and the other expectations she has chosen to carry, such as, a voice for her husband, which has directed her to be share Christ worldwide. Sharing with the world Jesus and the experience He had which was preceded by the hematohidrosis on the Mount of Olives.
Pray for Naghmeh, pray for each other, to have peace and pray on.
By Dr. Jim Seward