A couple of days ago I was searching through my Bible, trying to pick one of the many amazing women to write about. As I flipped through the pages, names caught my eye. Eve, Rachel, Deborah, Naomi, Jael. Each one has an amazing story, but it wasn’t until I stumbled across Mark 5, that I decided who I would write about.
This woman is nameless, and what she did may seem unimportant or small to some people, but not to me. Her stunning faith in God amazes me, and I hope you enjoy learning about this woman as much as I did.
A man named Jairus had a young daughter who was on her deathbed. Jairus saw Jesus and 'fell at his feet. And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.’ (Verse 22-23) So Jesus began to walk towards this concerned father’s home and a crowd of people followed after Him.
However, Jairus’ daughter wasn’t the only person who needed to be healed. There was a woman who had had some kind of blood disease for 12 years. This poor woman had spent a large chunk of her life feeling unwell, and despite spending ‘all that she had’ on doctors and medicine, nothing helped and her condition worsened.
I’m sure she was starting to feel helpless and desperate. Can you imagine being penniless and sick, with little chance of recovering from your disease? That would be pretty depressing!
But this woman heard about Jesus, and a small flicker of hope must have lit inside of her, like the lightening on a dark night. There was still one more option for this woman, and she wasn’t going to give up! She walked to where the throng of people were, and came up behind Jesus and touched his garment. “For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” (verse 28)
Did you notice the words she used? She didn’t say, “If I touch his clothes, I might be healed.” or “If I touch his clothes, it’s possible I’ll become whole.” No, she said, I shall be whole. That’s faith, pure and simple. The story doesn’t even say if she had heard of Jesus before this unforgettable day, but she was willing to believe that He had the power to heal her with a single touch!
Check back next Wednesday for the second part to this post! I’ll be writing about whether or not she was healed, Jesus’ response when He felt her touch His garment, and the end result. Of course, if you can’t wait a whole week, you can read the entire story in Mark 5:25-35. Thanks for reading! ;)
Note: All scripture taken from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.