How ready Jesus is to respond to the hand of outstretched faith.Ken Gire, Intimate Moments with the Savior
“Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.'”
-Mark 5:33-34, NLT
Twelve years is a little less than half of my life thus far at age thirty, but that’s how long the woman had been living with an issue of blood. The doctors couldn’t figure it out, and as a result she was cast out from society. It had to have been some sin that caused her to constantly be bleeding, so the village cast her away so she would not spread her sin further.
But with one last thread of hope, she reached out to this Jesus. He had healed so many others, including the other “untouchables” of society, surely He could heal her, too. She only had to touch the hem of His garment, and she knew she would be healed. What did she have to lose?
She was healed the instant she touched His cloak, but then He said something that made her stop in her tracks.
He had healed her physically, but with that one word – “Daughter” – He had also healed her heart. He welcomed her into His family. She was no longer an outcast. She had a place to go, a place where she belonged. She was no longer alone, and she never would be again.
When we come to Jesus with everything we are, when we are hanging on by a last thread of hope or strength, He gives us a place to stay. It doesn’t matter our story, what we did in the past. It only matters that we come. He gives us a place to belong. We are His family. We are never alone.
As we grow in our healing, we are transformed from who we once were to who we are meant to be as children of God. It is not an overnight process, but we have a Father who is there to guide us along our journey of sanctification from glory to glory to glory. No longer defeated, no longer broken, we have a place to live and a purpose to fulfill.
The waters ahead are rough, but we have a peace that stays steady within us when we find our place in the outstretched arms of our Heavenly Father. Walk today in the confidence that you are a child of God, and you belong with Him.
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