Well, this week has been tumultuous to say the least. Kevin found out he had strep on Monday, and we just found out yesterday that I currently have a bad case of the flu. Ugh. It has definitely been pretty miserable. It has been an exhausting week, but one covered in constant prayer. It's amazing how God draws us so near to Him especially when we are desperate for his healing.
A couple days ago, while I was up with a violent cough and congestion all night, I was crying out to Jesus and imagining the woman who reached out to touch him, believing he could heal her. I was struck by the power that comes when we truly believe in an all-powerful God, and how much trust and surrender that requires. Believing that he can and will heal, even when we feel out of control. It requires complete surrender and awareness that we are weak, but HE is strong. So I encourage you to take this often difficult journey of trust in the power of our almighty God with me, whatever your current affliction or weariness might be. (And we would be so grateful for your prayers for our family!)
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:25-34