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. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 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 8:43-48 (NIV)
This week at Bible study, we studied many of Jesus’s miracles to discover the truths we could take from those accounts and apply to our lives. My group studied the account of the woman with a bleeding issue, highlighted in the scripture above from Luke 8. This woman, who may have spent over a decade as an outcast in society due to her condition, and may have even been blamed for her own health issues, has a level of courage and faith to which we should all aspire.
I am going to make an assumption about this account. If this woman has been suffering for twelve years, it is sensible to think she had asked for healing many times already. She could have easily given up in discouragement. “Is God listening? Do I deserve this? How can a loving God allow this to happen to me?” All these questions, questions that have crept into our minds if we are being honest, start going through her head. This could have been the end of her story, but her faith proves stronger. She sees Jesus for who He is and knows He is the ultimate healer.
Her faith is so strong that she knows she doesn’t need a dramatic ceremonial service to be healed, just a touch from her Savior. But then disaster strikes. Jesus stops in the middle of the crowd to ask who touched His garment, and she certainly doesn’t want more ridicule from those around her. Nonetheless, she shows her strength by speaking up and falling at His feet. And how does Jesus respond? As we know a loving God would, by calling her “daughter” and telling her to go in peace. One more assumption on my part…I assume Jesus was smiling as He spoke to her because He knew this day was coming.
So what do we ultimately learn from this account? First, God’s timing often doesn’t make sense to us, but it is still good. Second, we need to seek passionately after Jesus and believe He is our only source of healing. Finally, God loves us and has time for each of us. Jesus was a busy guy during His time on earth, yet had the patience and love to stop and check on His child. Live in these truths this week.