Have you ever heard about something and it sparked your interest so much that you wanted to try it? I have read this story in the Bible over and over again but no matter how many times I have heard or read it, one thing remains the same. This woman was desperate and wanted to be healed.
She is commonly referred to as the woman with the issue of blood who sought her healing so desperately that she spent tons of money trying to make herself well. During that time women who had their menstrual cycle were not permitted to live amongst the main stream of people because they were deemed filthy. The blood being an impurity, it was believed that if anyone came in contact with her that they too would become unclean.
Luke 8:43-48 Now a woman having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ” Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and felling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
While she was not poor because she was capable of paying for help she did not get well from all this care that she paid for but rather grew worse. I think moments like these find us because we are capable of making life work for us without the help of God. Even though God had gifted these physicians they could not help her with her situation.
How many situations have you tried to fix without God’s help. I believe that this woman’s situation occurred the way that it did in order that on lookers might see the power of God in it’s fullness and the value of outcasts to God. She was ostracized because of rules that were established to keep her out of public view and away from public contact. However, with courage being her driving force she said within herself that if she could just touch Jesus’ clothes that she would be healed. Saying and believing this she pushed past the looks of others and with great tenacity and went to touch the hem of His garment.
This encounter went against so many traditions in their society and yet she tried it anyway not knowing for sure if it would work. It is for this very reason that I am writing about this subject. Don’t wait until you are at the end of your options to try Jesus or turn to God. Do it before you run completely out of resources and options. To start this journey all you have to do is accept Jesus Christ into your heart and utter your first prayer to God. It can go somewhere along the lines of, “Father, I thank you for life thus far. I feel like I’m at my wits end because I have tried everything and it seems nothing has worked. I need your help with (whatever you are requesting) in Jesus name, amen.”
The wonderful thing about praying to God is that you can be as candid as you would like because He already knows your struggle, yet it does not stop Him from showing you compassion. So just let it flow like you are talking to a good friend and patiently wait while things turn around for you.