Even in a Crowd…

An inspiring story, found in Mark 5:24-34, occurred along a crowded road, between Jesus and a financially bankrupt woman who had sought healing from physicians for twelve years.  The plot of this story is set in a busy, chaotic environment.  Many of us daily find ourselves in a similar situation.  We are in the throes of a seemingly unmanageable schedule.  Our job is over-the-top demanding, our wife needs our immediate attention, our kids need their dad today and there are various other requests from life that demand our time.  Your schedule is out of control, and there is little if any time for Jesus. The following passage is for you. 

Mark 5 24 And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Here was a physically sick woman stressed to the max in the midst of a chaotic, busy, demanding, selfish crowd along a road.  However, this lady was different. She was the one person in this crowd who had the genuine faith that if she could touch Jesus even His garments, she would be healed. This woman was able to maneuver herself through the crowd to touch Jesus’ garments and instantly she was healed.  Then, this story becomes even more dynamic.  In the midst of all this chaos, along the crowded road, Jesus demands to know who touched Him.  His disciples rebuked Him stated that the request was unrealistic, and, by the way, Jesus had a very busy schedule.  Yet, Jesus was determined to personally engage the individual who had experienced by faith His saving, healing grace.  And He did.  34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease.” 

Our God stands ready to engage you.  Intentionally, even if it is in a crowded chaotic schedule, maneuver your schedule daily so that you can spend a few moments to touch Jesus.  When you do, spend those few moments expecting to engage Him.  Revelation 3:20 is a message from Jesus, Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

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