I am reading through the Book of Mark in the New Testament and I always get stopped by this one section of Scripture. It amazes me and overwhelms new. It always seems to remain fresh to me.
Mark 5:25-34 – “And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, ‘If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.’ And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my garments?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, Who touched me?’ And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (ESV)
This woman suffered from internal bleeding for twelve years without any cure. She had exhausted her medical options. Her last resort was to try to touch Jesus. Yet, her amount of faith believed that simply touching Jesus’ garments would restore her health.
The part that I love most about this particular section of Scripture is that Jesus recognized an individual’s need in the midst of a crowd. Jesus was pleased to stop and care for the woman in the midst of people bumping into him. Jesus pours power into our lives when our faith is willing to accept it.
This text is packed with so much good, but the short version is that Jesus always has time for you and me. Jesus is always willing to pour his power into our lives. Jesus is ready to supply our needs when we ask. Jesus heals when nobody else is able. Of course, that healing is what He has in mind and (at times) different than what we have in mind.
The simple question for all of us is this, “Are you willing to get close enough to Jesus to experience His power and healing in your life?”