Mark – The Facts.
Being short has disadvantages. It seems things that you want are just out of reach. I have climbed chairs and shelves to acquire needed items, almost risking getting hurt to do it. Even while standing on the kitchen counter to reach a dish, I had to stretch with all that is in me and give a little jump to get it. Yes, being short is a challenge. You are probably thinking by now, why doesn’t she ask for help? I am a very independent minded person so that would be my last resort. When I ask for help from a taller person, I must really want what is needed badly. I will risk pride and humility, having faith in another person who can meet my need.
So, as I read this morning, I see another independently minded woman who has a blood condition. She probably tried to take care of her condition herself before asking for the help of others. The condition became so life threatening over the years, disabling her from normal activities of life, that she desperately looked for help. She couldn’t be helped. Physicians tried and failed to cure her. It seems all their concoctions only hurt her but they sent her a hefty bill for their services anyway.
Then she hears of Jesus, the Healer. He is passing by with crowds gathered all around Him. She sees Jesus as she stands on the sidelines of the procession. She makes her move, slips in between all the people and makes that stretching move to reach what she needs most…Jesus. She does it! She feels the material of His robe. She knows that this touch will make her well. Her believing faith in the One who has healed others immediately heals her! Jesus feels it, too and turns to look for the woman of such faith. Jesus knows when we are reaching and seeking Him. The woman steps up with fear and trembling with her testimony of faith. Jesus affirms her faith and her life, “Live well, live blessed!” “Be healed.”
If we could lay down our agendas and reach for just a touch of Jesus’ healing power over sin we could all be restored and live well and live blessed. Reach out and stretch with all your might to touch Him. His Holy Spirit will fill your heart, as He has mine, with all that is Him. He will heal us of all selfishness, the bleeding bitterness from the past hurts, fear of loss and pride. He will restore us to good health that causes us to bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit once more.
Live well, live blessed. Stretch further than you have stretched before, God is waiting. Jesus has redeemed us.
Mark 5, The Message
A Risk of Faith
21-24 After Jesus crossed over by boat, a large crowd met him at the seaside. One of the meeting-place leaders named Jairus came. When he saw Jesus, he fell to his knees, beside himself as he begged, “My dear daughter is at death’s door. Come and lay hands on her so she will get well and live.” Jesus went with him, the whole crowd tagging along, pushing and jostling him.
25-29 A woman who had suffered a condition of hemorrhaging for twelve years—a long succession of physicians had treated her, and treated her badly, taking all her money and leaving her worse off than before—had heard about Jesus. She slipped in from behind and touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can put a finger on his robe, I can get well.” The moment she did it, the flow of blood dried up. She could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.
30 At the same moment, Jesus felt energy discharging from him. He turned around to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said, “What are you talking about? With this crowd pushing and jostling you, you’re asking, ‘Who touched me?’ Dozens have touched you!”
32-33 But he went on asking, looking around to see who had done it. The woman, knowing what had happened, knowing she was the one, stepped up in fear and trembling, knelt before him, and gave him the whole story.
34 Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague.”
Dear Heavenly Father, On the way to healing a leader’s child, you healed a woman who risked it all with faith that you would heal her and you did. Amazing. Your power, love, mercy and grace is beyond our wildest thinking. When we think we have it figured out, You amaze us still. You are God and we are not. Thank you for healing and restoring us. Continue to help us live well, live blessed. I want to be where You are, doing what You do with You. Show me Your will and way and I will follow, always reaching to touch You, knowing You will notice.
In Jesus Name, Amen