Looking for You
He looked around to see her who had done this thing. (Mk 5:32)
A crowd pressed
tightly around the Lord Jesus. In that jostling crowd was a woman who had
suffered for twelve years, likely bouncing from physician to physician and
spending all her money in the process. Yet despite all she had been through,
she believed she could still be healed if she could just touch Jesus’ cloak.
And according to her faith, she received.
She got what she
came for, and she was ready to leave without a word.
Jesus could have
let her go. He had someplace to be and people waiting for Him. But He took the
time—made the time—to ask who touched His clothing. Picture our Lord Jesus
stopping in His tracks to search among a sea of faces for a glimpse of her.
He wanted to know
her and wanted her to know Him.
In the three
recordings of this event in the Gospels, she comes to Jesus as a nameless woman
but leaves as His “daughter.” She came forward, trembling, to spill the entire
story before Him, but she left with His kind words wishing her peace and good
cheer. How she must have treasured those words of blessing. How reassuring His
words must have been, even when recalled years later!
Today, we bring
many of our needs and requests before our Lord. When we feel the stakes are
high, we pray with conviction, knowing that He is our only hope. Being
tender-hearted, He often answers with His mercy. But though He may give us the
blessings, healing, and answers that we seek, He desires more.
He wants to have a
relationship with us. So even when we don’t approach Him first, He often waits
for us, just as He did for the woman, providing us with opportunities to
understand Him more. Although our almighty God knows everything before we
speak, He still wants us to tell Him all the things on our mind, pour out our
sorrows, and share how our day is going.
He wants to know
you and to be known by you.
you receive what you need and then quietly disappear into the crowd?
Besides making requests, have you taken the time today to just talk