I deliberately punctuated my verses to highlight the important sentences in these scripture verses:
“In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages.
She had spent every penny she had on doctors
but not one had been able to help her.
She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe.
At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped.” Luke 8:43-44 MSG
Desperate women do desperate things. This woman who had been bleeding for twelve years was desperate to be relieved from bleeding. She had spent everything she had on doctors and none of them could make her well.
The only thing this woman had left was her faith. She had financially spent everything she had saved in the bank to get well. With only her faith left she pushed through the thick crowds to touch the hem of Jesus garment. She was desperate! This act was her last resort.
Without a word, a touch, or a look from Jesus she desperately got close enough to touch His hem – watch this ‘not His shoulder but His hem.’ Desperate women do desperate things. The Bible says, it was worth everything she endured because she was made whole immediately.
Was it her touch? No. Everyone was touching Jesus. Many were walking very close to Him, definitely there must have been some pushing and shoving going on because the crowd was thick. It had to be her faith (the small mustard seed kind of faith) that made her receive her healing.
Her soft, quiet touch made Jesus look around and asked, “Who touched me?”
“Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.”
“I felt power discharging from me.” Was Jesus response…
When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him.
In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.” Luke 8:46-47 MSG
We as women have so many issues but instead of moving TOWARDS Jesus, we move AWAY from Jesus.
We think we are too polite and dignified to press through the crowd.
We hide our issues or we keep spending all our hard earned money on doctors who cannot find a cure to our sicknesses. We believe that serving Jesus or following Jesus is for poor and helpless people.
The true miracle to this story was the woman’s faith in the Great Physician name JESUS.
Her only cost was to get INTO the crowd and work her way through the madness.
She had the faith to believe that the bleeding was first abnormal and there was a man passing through her town name Jesus who can heal her.
Think along with me: She just might have been the first cancer patient whose cancer went into full remission with just a simple touch of the Master’s hem.
Many times we as women speak firstly to our close friends about our pain, hurt, ailments and our medical reports. Then we reluctantly speak to God about our spiritual, physical, mental and emotional pain. Somehow, we place more value in reports than our spiritual promises found in God’s Word.
It can be frustrating and disheartening to keep going to the doctors, only to go back home with prescription after prescription with little or no results.
Some issues we as women face can be physical, or mental or emotional … but there’s nothing that supercedes a permanent touch of the hem of Jesus garment.
- Prolonged illness
- Stubborn medical conditions
Desperation and Determination gets you through the thickness of the crowd and the annoying ailments of life.
We as women can line up for those once a year special store sales for hours, we can push through the crowd for that one thing we desperately want not need, we can lift and soothe a crying child for hours as we patiently wait for our names to be called in to see the doctor. Isn’t it ridiculous the excuses we make to simply bow our heads in prayers… and be determined and desperate to touch the hem of Jesus garment?
Desperate women do desperate things.