Just a Touch

This is what I desire. An entire transformation . . .

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.

At the same moment, Jesus felt energy discharging from Him. He turned around to the crowd and asked, “Who touched My robe?” 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.”

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.

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.”         Mark 5:25-34, msg

Dear Lord, Like the afflicted woman in the bustling crowd who touched the hem of Your garment and was instantly healed, I am reaching, straining with the tips of my fingers to touch You for I too desire complete healing, inside and out.

Her faith was instantly rewarded ~ how awesome! To be able to glorify You with such a testimony from my lips would be wonderfully awesome as well. You promise healing ~ some happen instantly, others slowly over time and still others, like the apostle Paul to whom You said, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Paul responded, “Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ‘s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer . . . I just let Christ take over!”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10, msg

I choose to live in Your strength too, Lord, no matter when healing comes ~ either now or when You return. But whenever it is, Lord, I now surrender completely to Your will. Amen.

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are the One I praise.  Jeremiah 17:14

~”Shattered by Suicide” by Gracie Thompson

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