Updated: Jul 21
I have been enjoying quiet time with God lately. It has been so rewarding and peaceful.
I have been studying the story of the bleeding woman who was healed in Mark 5:25-34.
Mark 5:25-26 says,
"And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse."
For 12 years, this woman bled. She went to many physicians, spent all she had, and instead of having the hope of getting better, she only grew worse in her condition. In the Old Testament, a woman with this type of problem was considered unclean, meaning no one could touch her. In fact, anyone who touched her would be unclean.
She was an outcast.
Can you imagine? The feeling of being shunned, unloved and unwanted? Imagine not being able to feel the embrace of loved ones, even. The hopelessness she must have felt with the length of time and as many times she sought help with no answers.
In verses 27-28, it says,
"She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well."
She recognized Jesus' power. She knew her answer was to get to Jesus. Her faith believed with certainty that she would be healed if she could touch the edge of his robe.
She longed to be healed.
She was desperate.
Out of her desperation, I believe her hope was renewed.
In verses 29-33, it says,
"And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my garments?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, 'Who touched me?'" And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth."
Jesus KNEW as soon as she touched his robe that power had left him, he felt it. He could have kept walking forward in the crowd that was pressing around and into him, yet he intentionally paused and recognized her. He knew the significance of her actions and her faith.
The disciples didn't quite understand why he needed to know who touched him; there were so many people, they had another "pressing" matter at hand. Jesus was on his way back to Jarius' home to bring his daughter back to life, what could be more important than that? Instead of hurrying to Jarius' house, Jesus paused. Even in the crowd, he slowed down to turn and connect with this woman on a personal level.
As Jesus turns looking for who had touched his garments, this woman, knowing what had happened to her, fell with fear and trembling. She confesses and tells him the whole truth, IN front of this entire crowd!
Remember, according to the Law, she was unclean. She took a chance reaching out to touch his robe with her uncleanliness. Yet, Jesus did not condemn her nor hold her circumstance against her as society would have. Instead, Jesus responded to this woman and covered her with love, grace, mercy, and compassion. He SAW her, ACKNOWLEDGED her, and did NOT dismiss her.
He met her where she was at.
She believed in His power.
He healed her.
He restored her.
Verse 34 says,
And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
Her faith in the Lord to heal her speaks volumes to me. She chose to place her trust in the Lord, even in the hard when it would have been so easy to give up. This woman was unwelcomed, unwanted, and deemed unclean and unworthy by society because of her bleeding.
She now had a new identity, a daughter of the King. She was welcomed into the kingdom of God, loved, no longer dirty or unworthy.
True healing within our brokenness, within the lies we are believing, within our hurts, and our distractions come through Jesus. He truly is the Healer of our souls. He is the ONLY one who can set us free from what is gripping us and holding us back. Our hardships may not entirely disappear when we turn to Jesus. Our healing may or may not come in a physical form here on Earth. It is not promised. But what Jesus does do for us, as we seek and lean into Him, is bring healing to our hearts and minds restoring us into something more precious and beautiful.
One thing this story teaches is that you are never out of God's reach, no matter how desperate or how complex your situation may be. You are loved beyond measure.
Jesus responds to this woman in Mark after she touched His robe, "Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
He gives us his peace, and our faith gives us what we need...
A heart that trusts in God no matter the outcome!🥰
I encourage you to open His Word. It is alive and active, and as you settle your hearts and mind, spending time with Jesus, He will meet you right where you are and speak to your heart.
Don't be ashamed or held back by shame or guilt.
That, my friend, is not Jesus speaking to your heart and mind. On the contrary, it is the enemy of your soul.
Jesus loves you and WANTS to set you FREE.❤️
Turn your heart towards Him and look up, sweet child of His!❤️
Let me encourage you to reach out and touch the "garment" of Jesus in faith. Allow him in to bring the healing and restoration that your heart and mind may need.
Some sweet reminders for you:
👉🏻👉🏻Get in His Word; it WILL transform you.
👉🏻👉🏻His Word WILL bring healing in His timing.
👉🏻👉🏻He WILL meet you in your brokenness.
👉🏻👉🏻He IS working all things out for good.
👉🏻👉🏻He refines you and prunes what is not suitable for you; TRUST Him, friend.
💕Are you in a season that is draining, hard?
💕Does this woman's faith challenge and inspire you?
💕What is God showing you in this season?
Remember that no matter what season you are in, no matter where you are at that God sees you and loves you!
Till next time!
In His love,
"May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
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