“She said to herself, “If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.”
This was a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. According to Mark’s account “she had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.”
She now went to the Lord and reached out her hand. She made contact with Him by touching His cloak. His response was to turn towards her. He looked for her until He found her. Then in His turn He made contact with her, personally.
The woman highlights for us the fact that it is not enough to be merely a part of the crowd. What is needed in our lives is for us to make personal contact with the Lord, and to know that He has made contact with us. Our faith brings us into the large ‘body of Christ’, but our relationship with Him is still very personal and real.
Without the personal presence and touch of the Lord in our lives they can seem at times to be just leaking away from us. With Him there, as the Source, Renewer and Sustainer of Life, –as Life itself – our lives take on a new significance, purpose and pleasure. Instead of a mere physical healing we receive a healing of the spirit and a gift of true life that not even death can take away.
Jesus call was never for us to just tag along and see what happens. It was far more personal and intentional,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Bring to Him in personal prayer your sickness, sadness and sin – of body, mind and spirit – and let Him make contact with you.
“Just as I am, You will receive,
will welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve:
because Your promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come”