Jesus, the Guy Who Revolutionized Life for Women is a series is designed to lead up to the messages you'll hear at "In Christ, Of Christ," the Women's Ministry's 2013 retreat. This 7-week series features writers from Fairmount and beyond--please join us each week.
by Karen Smith-Will
“I need to refer you to a specialist.”
Talk about words that can ignite an emotional reaction. We’re talking additional paperwork…the inconvenience of extra appointments…the expense. And for those who have lived through this cycle many times before, fear.
What I hear from that doctor’s words is, “I don’t know what to do.” And from my experience, that next specialist might not know, either.
So perhaps you can see why I can truly empathize with the woman who came to Christ with blood problems. The story, told in Matthew, Mark and Luke, is a rather short one. There’s this crush of groupies around a popular man, a woman with an idea in the back of her mind and a Man who’s willing to ask the absurd…because He knows the answer.
“Who touched my clothes?”
The disciples are still early in their relationship and don’t truly grasp that every action of their Teacher is deliberate and important and insightful. I can almost hear an exasperated “you have got to be kidding me” in their sarcastic reply. “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answer, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
In the sudden silence, the woman admits everything: her 12-year journey, her idea and her desperation tumble out, apologetically.
Perhaps He waits a moment, to let the silence settle in before He responds.
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
She will not be the subject of a science experiment with three more different tests at two different hospitals. She will not be referred to a different practice in another state. She’s arrived—healing! He’s even promised peace and freedom.
What truly captures a soul like mine, though, is this next part: He validates her. “Your faith has healed you.” Those prayers you’ve prayed for days and months and years made a difference. That belief you had in Me meant something. You matter to Me.
Now that’s a Man who gives me hope.
Scripture references: Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8: 43-48. All references are NIV84.
Karen Smith-Will is the Director of Fairmount's Women's Ministry. Her husband, Barry Will, is the Technology Director for Fairmount; they been married for over two decades and have 3 children. Karen blogs on her company's website at Valutivity.com. And she's always recruiting for Women's Ministry volunteers--send her a message if you're interested.