For weeks I’ve been thinking of the woman with the issue of blood… can you imagine bleeding for 12 long years? Women, including myself struggle to cope with 5 to 7 days of our monthly cycle… I simply can’t imagine bleeding for 12 years! Yet this is what this woman endured. She spent everything she had and explored every option she knew of. I’m also sure that by that time she had a reputation and most persons looking on had an opinion.
Then somehow, she heard that Jesus was in town, so she decided she would give him a try. There was a thick crowd around Jesus, yet she was determined that she must at least touch the hem of his garment so she can be healed. I can only imagine her telling herself over and over and over again ‘if I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will be healed’.
Can you imagine seeing this woman, just talking to herself, who already had a reputation? Yet she didn’t allow any of that to stop her. She pressed through the thick crowd and touched Jesus clothes. Alas! She was HEALED!
Jesus, having felt healing left his body asked, who touched me? The disciples were puzzled, they couldn’t understand how could Jesus be asking such a question in a thick crowd. What they didn’t understand was, Jesus was really asking, whose faith touched me?
The woman feeling obviously ashamed, indicated that she’s the one who touched Jesus. Jesus then responded; your faith has made you whole!
Can you imagine, she touched Jesus with her faith and was healed! Jesus didn’t give her healing, she took her faith in the presence of Jesus and touched only his clothes. His power then transformed into healing without Jesus doing or saying a thing!
That leads me to ask myself some questions, how will I use my faith? Where will I take my faith? Will I be willingly to be misunderstood and judged, yet keep going? Will I press through a thick crowd to access the power of God?
I pray we will all use our faith. Amen.