A woman was in the crowd who had been bleeding for twelve years, but no one was able to heal her. She came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his coat, and instantly her bleeding stopped. Then Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all the people said they had not touched him, Peter said, “Master, the people are all around you and are pushing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone did touch me, because I felt power go out from me.” When the woman saw she could not hide, she came forward, shaking, and fell down before Jesus. While all the people listened, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Jesus said to her, “Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace.”
~Luke 8:43-48 NCV
As I read these verses, God started to show me how this applies to my current situation so I decided to share this with you because maybe you’re struggling with something in your life too.
In this story, we have a woman who has been bleeding for 12 years and no one had been able to help her! But, she knew that Jesus was coming and if she could only touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed. She finally gets through and touches it and is healed. The verse says that Jesus felt the healing power leave His body. My question is why aren’t we told of anyone else being healed? Jesus says, “Who touched me?” Peter even says there were many people crowding and touching Him but, why was she the only one to receive healing? What was different with her need than others? Everyone needed healing yet, she was the only one healed.
Why was she healed? Her healing didn’t require Jesus touching her or even praying over her. She sought Jesus because she knew that all she needed to do was touch His garment and she would be healed. She went to Jesus expecting to be healed! Many times I have prayed half-hearted prayers. If you pray and don’t expect God to move He won’t move. We pray and expect God to move and things happen! So pray with an expectant heart!
The other thing we see is that Jesus was surrounded by a large crowd and she had to pry her way through. She didn’t let that stop her from receiving healing. She pushed through the crowd and I am sure she got knocked down and pushed back but, she got back up and kept moving forward. She preserved even when it seemed impossible. So many times I have stopped short of my breakthrough. I’ve felt tired and frustrated, it’s just not going happen. It is then we have to remember perseverance is pushing through and not giving up!
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
~James 1:12 NIV
The woman was focused on Jesus and didn’t waiver. She never lost sight of Him. Too many times we start to focus on our situation and not on the One who calmed the storm or who fed the five thousand with a child’s lunch. Remember how Jesus called Peter out of the boat…
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
~Matthew 14:28-31 NIV
Peter started to focus on the storm, not on the one that calms the storm with a word!
It’s time to start praying with expectancy and to keep pushing forward and not give up. Focus on the one who calms the storm, not the storm itself.
As far as my situation… I lost my job but God came through with a new job but it’s still not over. I just have to stay focused and preserve.