Faith is such a strong attribute us Christians are supposed to have. I can have faith that I will arrive to work on time. I can have faith that I will have a pillow to lay on at night. The faith I want to really tap into is this woman in Mark 5. She is only mentioned briefly, but this story is what draws me to have faith in Jesus.
Jesus is traveling to a town off of a lake in Gerasenes, where He is greeted by a large crowd. A man cuts through and falls before Jesus’s feet. He pleads to Him about his daughter, who is lame and is only twelve years old. The importance of this man is he was a synagogue leader in one the temples. As Jesus walks toward the house of the lame girl, a woman approaches Jesus from behind. This woman has had a bleeding problem for 12 years. (Important note: if a woman has had a bleeding issue that is outside of her menstrual period, she is cerimonally unclean. Leviticus 15:25-27) She says as she touches Jesus, “if I touch His robe, I will be healed.” Jesus instantly felt His healing powers being worked, and turned around to ask the crowd who touched Him.
I don’t know about you, but I would be terrified at this point. Touching the sacred Jesus knowing you are sick and you are making others unclean? Yikes! The woman startled, tells Jesus what she has done. Then this was Jesus’s response: “Daughter. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
Daughter. Jesus didn’t get angry, He didn’t shame her in front of that crowd. He addressed her as His daughter and made her healed. That is so comforting because Jesus calls us His sons and daughters! He commended her for her faith! Today ask yourself, “do I have faith in knowing that Jesus will always heal me?” No matter what trial you’re going through. Jesus will walk with you through it! ❤