Everyone has struggled with their faith at some point or another. For some, it drew them closer to God. For others, it actually drew them further. One of my favorite stories comes from Mark 5. The story explains that there was this woman who had some kind of issue with blood. It tells us that for 12 years she had struggled with her sickness. She had spent all of her money on doctors and had not gotten any better. She had actually gotten worse. One day, Jesus had come into her town. He was pressed my multitudes of people and she said to herself, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well” (verse 28). I can imagine her, crawling on the dusty, clay earth weaving in and out of people’s feet just to get closer to Jesus. She’s getting stepped on. People are kicking at her and probably yelling at her, but she keeps after her goal. Something must be bubbling up within her, “I’ll do whatever it takes. I will be healed today.” Why today? Why now? She had tried everything this world had to offer and nothing had worked. She was desperate.
But who was she to touch Jesus’, a Rabbi, garment?
This woman was the lowest of the low. She was sick, poor, an outcast. She probably walked down the streets with people shouting and jeering, “Unclean! Unclean!” Imagine the shame and disgrace she must have felt on a daily basis. However, I wonder how quiet it was in her mind when she reached out to touch the hem of his garment. I wonder the peace she felt knowing today was going to be the day.
When will we get desperate for Jesus? When will we realize that nothing in this world matters but Him, that nothing in this world can heal us or fill us or complete us like His love. Let today be your day. You can come just as you are, sick, poor, broken, or unclean. Reach out to Him today and He will make you white as snow.