Daily Archives: February 22, 2013

Exodus 5; Luke 8; Job 22; 1 Corinthians 9

Being with my husband in a crowd is a wonderful thing.  He is at least a foot taller than I am and outweighs me by a hundred pounds. He has a fantastic view of where he is going and people step aside to let him through. When in crowds, it is best to simply grab hold of the back of his shirt and let him lead. He moves through crowds like a hot knife in butter and I follow, shirt in fist.  Not once, has Jim turned around to tell me to let go.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.  And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,  but no one could heal her.  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.  Luke 8:42-44.

Not being tall in stature or large in size,  I sympathize with this woman.  It is easy to blend in and become part of the herd.  What would it hurt to have a little hope and anonymously reach out to just touch Jesus’s cloak?  Who would know? And maybe, just maybe,  she would be healed.  Changed.  Haven’t we all prayed that prayer and dared to dream?  When Jesus asks who touched him,  Peter offers the reality check of the pressing crowd, but Jesus persists. He desires so much more for this woman.

Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet.  In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her,  “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”  Luke 8:47-48.

Knowing that she had no right to do what she did and outright fear brought her knees to knocking, but did not prevent her from stepping out of the crowd and falling at the feet of Jesus.  Her reward was great.  Jesus honors her and calls her daughter and sends her on her way in peace.  My heart aches for the same gifts from Jesus and he has never disappointed.  When I feel alone,  confused and not sure of my way,  I pray and in my mind’s eye,  I don’t just reach out and touch the cloak of Jesus,  I grab it,  just like I grab Jim’s shirt when we are in a crowd.  Not once has Jesus told me to let go.  Not once has he lead me down a wrong path.  He continues to fill my heart with peace,  even when I don’t know where I am being led.  For this, I will always be thankful.



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