Over the last few days I’ve been processing a passage from Mark 5:25-34 New International Version (NIV):
25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
There’s so much to unpack in this story but here’s my initial thoughts:
How was it that when everyone was touching Jesus only one got the miracle? Here’s my conclusion. There’s a difference between touching Jesus with curiosity and touching Jesus with faith.
1. Curiosity will make you part of the crowd.
Faith will make you stand out from the crowd.
2. Curiosity will make you desperate to observe the power of God
Faith will make you desperate to draw out the power of God.
3. Curiosity will make you miss out on an opportunity
Faith will make you seize the opportunity and get your answer.
Jesus said it was her faith that healed her. As she reached out to touch his garment she activated her faith and released the power. I want to encourage you to reach out and touch Jesus not with curiosity but with faith. Let his power flow in and through your situation today.
Blessings Nu and Taua