She hid from all who knew her. She couldn't attend festivals, Passovers, or weddings. She wanted an end to this bleeding, but there was no period to her period. But then, she heard a crowd outside her home. She made herself as mobile as one could, living with a constant flowing of blood. Too embarrassed to ask for help. Too ashamed to explain the healing she so desperately wanted, she blended with the crowd that followed Jesus on his way to perform a miracle for someone else. The plan was in the making. She had no agenda, just a crazy thought. "If I could just touch a thread of his garment, who knows what could happen, but what do I have to lose?"...Perhaps she fell down, or maybe she was crawling, nonetheless, she was low enough to what was in her reach; the fringe on the Rabi's robe. She reached out and risked it all, not knowing exactly what would happen, and suddenly, Jesus stopped. "Who touched me?"
It's a nutty question. He is in the middle of a mob, everyone was "touching" him, but only ONE TOUCHED HIM IN FAITH. He had people following him to see a show, and one wild woman that was about to make a scene. The invisible woman, who thought she was stealing power, had to speak up. She had to come out of hiding and admit, "It was I who touched you."
And what a tender moment that happened next,
“When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Luke 8:47-48 NLT
The whole crowd now knew about her issue, her embarrassment, her illness, her shame- and that she was healed. Think on this line right here, "When the woman realized she could not stay hidden." We must come to such a realization, that we too can not stay hidden. We can not shrink back. Our lives are made for his glory. His purpose. His plans. Regardless of our past, our present, our health, our relationship status, our finances, our title, or our lack of educations. WE CAN NOT STAY HIDDEN! He sees us, in the crowd, silently and secretly bleeding. AND HE STOPS for us.
Sisters, Jesus sees you in your house, weeping at the table. Wondering how you're gonna pay the doctor bills. Worried how you will juggle this heartache and still live life. He sees you pleading for healing for your loved one, or for you. Begging Him for solutions, answers, or resources. He hears you, and He feels your outstretched arm of faith drawing power from Him. He said to her and he says to you, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Rest in this truth today and go in peace.