i was meditating on the woman with the issue of blood this morning in Mark 5. although the headline for this story reads
Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
the emphasis was on the dead girl, that is the more important need after all, the sick woman was a secondary issue.
When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 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.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
12 years of suffering!
yes, i can relate.
and she hears of Jesus' healing power and she 'pushes through' the crowd to reach him.
yes, i too have pushed through alot of pain to seek him out.
she touches him and instantly knows she is healed. and instantly, Jesus too knows someone touched him.
i so love that correlation.
and he asks, 'Who touched me?'
didn't he know? yes, of course he did. but then why does he ask, who are you? where are you?
i was so touched by the idea that Jesus had a message for this woman as he does for each one of us because the most dramatic thing that happened, still has not happened yet. NO, her healing was NOT the most important thing!
'I was the one who touched you!' she spoke up trembling with fear.
another thing to push through- her fear!
"Daughter" Jesus begins..because you dared to believe (or push through) your faith has healed you. Go with peace in your heart and be free from your suffering.'
so what WAS the most important thing here if not her healing? What if Jesus let that moment go after all a dying child awaits him. and what if she got her healing but got lost in that crowd?
it was the moment of intimacy that Jesus initiated just for this woman. he stopped everything to speak directly to her.
and to you, and to me and to ALL his daughters. because although we want to fix things and relieve our pain (and rightly so) we don't want just our healing, only to be lost in the crowd.
i don't want to miss God's heart for intimacy. 12 years on.. she was stretched and so are you and so am i. we are ALL stretched!
i bless you, Daughters, to push through, for the joy set before you, knowing he is with you and can and will speak a word that changes everything. do not lose heart. you are amazing at the perseverance shown with the hard road you have walked and continue to do so AND be life-giving!
i ask that the miracle of this woman will also be our miracle. you can reach down into us all in a variegated way and touch us in our deepest time of need. do so now, i ask in your name.