“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”” Mark 5:25-28 NKJV
Sometimes waiting in line for what you need from God just won’t work. Jesus was on the way to heal the daughter of a Pharisee (a religious Jewish leader), who was sick and near death, and her touch interrupted Him.
When I read this passage, I am amazed by this woman. She was so desperate that she was willing to get in trouble, according to Jewish Law, for coming close to people while having this blood flow; because with it, she was deemed ceremonially unclean and had to be away from the people. She was willing to crawl on her hands and knees just to get to the One (Jesus) who she heard could make her better. She wasn’t looking for Him to speak to her; she just wanted to touch His clothes!
Have you ever wanted or needed God so bad that you didn’t even care about Him speaking to you, but you knew that if you could just get in His presence that everything would change? So desperate that you were willing to do whatever it took to receive what He had? This was that woman. She wasn’t looking to be seen, she wasn’t looking to be heard, she was just looking to get what she needed. She didn’t mean to interrupt Him. “Just one touch,” she thought “and I’ll finally be better”. But her desperate touch caused a halt in Jesus’ steps and gained His attention.
“Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, Who touched Me?’ “And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:29-34 NKJV
How breathtaking…He wasn’t ashamed or bothered by the fact that someone who was seen as “unclean” touched Him. In fact, He embraced her when He should have, according to Jewish customs, rejected her. Instead, Jesus loved her. He called her daughter. Society had discarded her because of her affliction, but He showed her love and compassion. He didn’t reject her, He embraced her with loving arms. Did you know that regardless of your afflictions and issues, you are accepted and loved by God? That there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that can take His love from you when you seek after Him? He called her daughter when everyone else abandoned her, and turned their backs on her. He saw beyond her shame.
Jesus was after something much bigger than her bodily healing. She was too important to Him. He wasn’t just willing to pass over her touch. No! What He had for her was greater than her natural healing.
And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34 NKJV
The word well in this passage of scripture comes from the Greek word sozo which simply means to save. This woman was not only given the gift of healing in her body but in an instant, her soul was saved and her relationship with God restored.
She mattered to God; so much so, He was willing to stop what He was doing to pull her from the pits of her misery. Her desperation got her to her salvation. Desperate faith is a powerful thing. There are no limits to what can be done with it. She was hungry for change, and not willing to wait in line for her chance at a miracle. She was willing to crawl in the dirt, possibly getting stepped on, all in hopes of being made whole. And because of her desperate seeking to be healed, she was made completely whole in Christ Jesus.
Are you desperate yet? Desperate enough to do whatever it takes to be made completely whole, in mind, body, and spirit? Are you hungry for change, for what God has for you, for newness and transformation? Running ahead of others with an unrelenting seek after God is sometimes the only answer to get the revival we need in our lives. Desperation is not always a bad thing, as long as, we use it the right way.
Prayer: Father, we are broken, wounded, and in desperate need of You. You are the only One who truly has what we need. Please help us press pass the crowds in our lives to get to You. We need to touch the hem of Your garment, or we will be stuck in this state forever. In Jesus Name, Amen.