I am that woman!
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”—Mark 5
What I love about this story is this woman was so desperate that she pushed her way through to Jesus in a crowd, forcing her way forward. She was sick. She was tired. She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She was desperate. Can you relate? Are you this woman too?
I’m desperate and I know so many of you are as well. We have tried to face our demons, our sins, our struggles, our failures in our own power and self-will but can’t help ourselves. We need to be desperate because a desperate heart pushes forward to touch even the hem of His robe for healing.
And the best part of this story isn’t that she was healed. You know what it was? It was our Lord Jesus in His tenderness and love, stopping the entire procession to find her.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
Many a scholar has puzzled over this particular story. Why did Jesus ask who touched me? Didn’t he know because after all He is God. But, you know what Dineen and I think? Jesus wanted to hold her in His tender eyes of love. She was that desperate for Him that He stopped everything to affirm her. To encourage her…….. My friends, TO HEAL HER.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.
If only we could begin to understand the tender love of Jesus, the healing power that is ours and our full identity in Christ, our world would drastically change. But, as we struggle in this long journey toward the Promised Land, we know that our Shepherd will lead us. He will bandage us. He stops everything to affirm our hearts and He will heal us.
So today as we have our last full day of community prayer, it’s our day for healing. Ask the Shepard to be tender. Ask Him for healing of the broken places in your soul, life and heart. Ask Him to make your paths straight and to give you a glimpse of His glory.
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.— Isaiah 40:11
Our prayer and fasting yesterday was extraordinary. And as we gather in the House of SUM today, I pray that many of you found healing. That you encountered the Jesus of the Bible. The powerful Jesus who by His stripes, we were healed (past tense).
But, if you are still waiting for your healing you can join me as we reach out to our Jesus. Ask for healing and leave your healing requests in the comments. Let’s pray in the comments to bring healing, as we are that woman.
I love you, Lynn