43 And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His [a]cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the [b]people are crowding and pressing in on You.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.” 47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has [c]made you well; go in peace.” (NASB)
Hello friends. First please accept my apologies for not posting in a very long time. I have been on a journey with God for the last few months which is nothing short of incredible; more on that in another post. Today I’d like to discuss the scriptures I posted.
For a long time I have been seeking healing from various things from my past. While I have had some, there are some issues where the roots have yet to be yanked out. I have ‘worked’ for my healing for many years, as did the woman with the issue of blood. I want to list some of the things I did that became ‘works’, meaning I tried to earn my healing. Hours of prayer, thinking if I prayed long enough and hard enough God would heal me. Reading books, blogs, articles, and more books on emotions, emotional healing, inner healing, being a better wife, mom, friend, woman, and on and on. Like the woman in the previous scriptures, I spent money and searched for cures, relief, and help everywhere.
I realized that for me and my issues, healing wouldn’t come in a book, a doctor, or counseling.* Sometimes we need what only God can give. Like the woman with the blood, I needed to touch the fringe of His garment. I want to look a little deeper into this ‘fringe’, because its significance is amazing.
The fringe (tzitzit) has many symbolic meanings. One is to remember the commands of the Lord and to proclaim them. Each tzitzit had a blue thread running through it, which symbolized something royal or divine. The tassels also were a symbol of authority.
This woman was brave enough to venture out into the crowds, even though she knew it was forbidden due to her condition. She at some point must have heard of Jesus, and in her area, I am sure she knew what the fringe represented. In her desperation, she was willing to do whatever it took to be set free. Making her way through the people, she reached out and touched the fringe…and was healed instantly.
The scripture says she was trembling when she came back, fell down before him and admitted she touched Him. Already being afraid, she then let Him, and everyone else know why she touched Him. Can you imagine letting all that were there know she had a hemorrhage for years that no one could cure? I imagine it would be profoundly embarrassing, especially in those days. However, even in her fear and embarrassment, she let them all know she was healed. Jesus said to her “Your faith has made you well, go in peace.”
I know what it’s like to suffer for years and feel like a pariah, like a lost cause. The account of this in the book of Mark also. It says she suffered at the hands of physicians. I, too, have suffered at the hands of those who tried to help me. I suffered with the mantra of ‘pray more, have more faith, do this, do that, etc.’ While I am sure the intentions were good, it only made the situation worse as I looked to what I was doing to try and get my healing.
Often times we wait for Jesus to reach out to us, when what we need to do is just touch Him- just us and Jesus, in the middle of the busyness, the crowds, the naysayers. No travailing prayers for days on end. No books, no counselors, no ‘trying’ to heal. Just reaching out, and touching a small part (fringe) of Him can bring healing.
I was at church the other night and had a word spoken over me. (That also had some influence on this post.) While I cannot recall everything that was said, I do remember this: “God has seen the years of emotional abuse, and there are some…things that have affected you physically too. He is working a healing in you. He sees your heart for the lost, and your experiences will help to bring many into the kingdom of God.”
It was just me, reaching out to Jesus, touching the fringes…and I am being healed.
*Although I am a strong supporter of counseling, and reading books on different subjects and issues we may struggle with, especially in cases of abuse, there are times when we can make a work out of trying to get our healing. That is what this post is referencing.
**I do believe that Jesus can heal instantly. For me though, it is usually a process. I understand that everyone’s experience may be different.