24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
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.
This story has always been one I could vividly visualize! Even in my minimal struggles, I know the toll that physical afflictions can take on a body and finances. It can be so overwhelming! I can imagine myself as this woman, physically afflicted and yearning for healing. Wanting healing so badly that I would crawl through a crowd of people to Jesus. Her faith was so great! She was so certain if she could just His clothes, she would be healed. It must have taken immense effort. She had so much hope in the reaching out. And immediately when she touched the hem of his clothing, she could feel the change come over her. She knew the effort had been worth it!
I can only imagine the fear that came over her when Jesus stopped and asked who had touched Him. I imagine she suddenly had a knot in the pit of her stomach wondering if she had done something wrong, if He would be mad at her. I admire her so much for her courage to speak up and take ownership of her actions, especially not knowing how tender His response would be.
I admit I giggle a little each time I read the very confused response of Christ’s disciples when He asks who touched Him. The saw the size of the crowd. There were being pressed on every side by it. They probably were feeling very lucky not to lose the Savior amongst the mess of people. But Christ’s alertness and sensitivity is so profound to me. He knew someone had reached out to Him with intent. He knew that His power had healed someone. I am absolutely certain that He knew exactly who it was as well. But He gave her the opportunity to connect with Him. He allowed her the precious knowledge that what she had done would have been freely given to her. She never needed to feel guilty about the power she had tapped into. He knew her. He knew her struggles. He knew her yearnings. He knew her faith. And He blessed her for these things, for her efforts. It is such a witness to me that He knows the same things about us and that He also wants to offer us His power and His blessings. We just have to make the effort to reach out!
One Among the Crowd