Last week I was going to post about the woman with the issue of blood. I have always been drawn to that story and the faith she possessed. I didn’t quite understand her problem until it was explained to me further and I had more of an understanding of my own body. Women have the blessing and burden of bearing children which for some comes with issues of blood. However, without knowing what will happen to your body many women embark on motherhood and bear children unsure of what could happen to them. Thank the Lord we now have modern medicine and in the United States some of us have access to proper healthcare but imagine this woman walking the earth the same time as Jesus. She was an outcast because she had this problem yet she had faith that Jesus would heal her. This is also a time when women were not allowed to sit freely among men and definitely not during their cycle. Yet she had faith, she believed that just by touching his clothes she would be healed. I’m sure she was probably afraid as well, the disciples did not act favorably shocked that Jesus would ask who touched him and Jesus was even caught off guard and demanded the person that touched him step forward. When she came forward she was scared but she knew she had to obey Jesus and thank him for restoring her body.
Mark 5:25-34 King James Version (KJV)
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
I have always resonated with any story of a woman in the Bible because there are so few and because I think they represent so many people in our lives. The story mentioned above is powerful because so often too many of us give into fear. We allow it to overtake us but we don’t have to as people of faith. We serve an awesome God that is bigger than any fear we could possibly face. So, like the woman with the issue of blood I choose faith over fear today. I choose to have faith that God will take away my fears and be with me when it creeps in.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and that when approached with the chose you too choose faith over fear.