Much gets made of this verse regarding matters of faith and healing, and unfortunately, much that is said divides believers. Step back from that for a moment and simply see what is going on here. A woman who had been ill for twelve years, desperate and at the end of her rope, pushed her way through a crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’s clothes. She was putting all of her hope in this one last attempt to be healed.
And what was His response? What was the reaction of the popular rabbi Who was also God on earth? It was the most gentle, loving, sweet and tender reply you could imagine. “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” In the midst of the bustling crowd, time stops. The noise and activity fade to the background, and there is nothing but this woman locking eyes with and hearing the words she has longed to hear from her loving Lord.
Jesus loved her no more and loves you no less. He will speak the words of love and healing to you as well. Will you hear Him? Will you be a part of the pushing, shoving, noisy crowd whose ears are filled with their own voices, or will you press through the distractions and obstacles to put all your hope, all your desire, all your need into the hands of the One Who loves you?
Jesus, I want what this woman had with You. I want that intimate moment of true relationship. There is a great crowd between You and me, a crowd of fears, duties, and distractions. Take my hand so I can make it through to You. Amen.
Copyright © 2013 by Steven R. Perkins