When our daughter was 3 years old we were waiting in line at chick-fil-a to see the famous frozen sisters: Anna and Elsa.
The lines were crazy long. I’m talking out the door, parallel to the drive through line and curved in the parking lot.
We were at the part where it curved into the parking lot.
It was hot, we were hungry, thirsty, bored, ready to call it a day and give up…but this was her absolute favorite movie of all time…how could I not take her to see them?
When we were just about 30 people away from the door, a question came to mind.
Out of all these people standing here tonight, so eager and wanting to see these very famous frozen royalties…how many have the same hunger to want to know Jesus?
How many would stand in a line for over 2 hours just to see Him, to speak to Him, to want to be next to Him?
When we finally got inside there was still a short line but the awe and amazement of wonderful delight on our daughters face made the entire experience worth the wait.
That moment of pure innocent joy within her, she couldn’t help but shine all over with an excited little smile.
There was a woman who was sick standing in the midst of a crowd. She had a look of concern and worry written on her.
She had been sick for a very long time, but she was deemed unclean by the worldly standards and wasn’t supposed to be around people.
She just wanted to have the same experience that everyone else was having. All she wanted was a moment to feel free from the worldly struggles of life….to be free for just a pin prick of a moment.
As soon as she got to the front of the crowd, all she wanted to do was touch this special persons clothes.
How strange that all she wanted to do was just touch this person as if her life depended on it.
Matthew 9:20-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
I love this story b/c is shows the raw emotional need to desire life. To desire being pure to desire Jesus.
You see back then if you had this kind of sickness you couldn’t be around people you had to stay away from everyone legally. People would look at her like she was the crazy walmart lady and shunned her. She spent every last penny she had to try and get healed…try and change her situation on her own. But her efforts failed her. All of them.
Mark 5:25-34 New Living Translation (NLT)
25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
If you peel away the story down the bare minimum…what do we see?
We see a picture of grace.
Anywhere in those scriptures did God say, Why didn’t you come to me sooner? No.
Why? Because God can heal those who come late to him too.
He wasn’t frustrated because someone else was wanting something from him. He just showed her mercy and grace and she was healed.
You see from the time she slid into the crowd and silently touched the bottom of his garment to the time she stood up she was healed.
It wasn’t delayed.
It wasn’t that God needed something else from her….a payment prior to services being given….all she had to do was just kneel down before this man that came to save her and believe.
What would the modern day world look like if this was the time for Jesus to physically be here with us?
Would people wait 2 hours in the sun just to see a man they had desired to see for years?
Would a young person’s face light up at the sight of their favorite person in the whole world?
Some of you may be waiting for something new to happen in your life.
Waiting for a change in your friends life that is heartbreaking to see not come to life just yet.
I don’t know why answers don’t come when WE want them or when we THINK we need them, but I do know that every single prayer that you say silently, in your bedroom with tears coming down or with your family has ALWAYS been heard by God.
There has never been a time when you were completely alone. You have always been in Gods sight…you are not an afterthought. The same way this sick lady had a burning desire to just touch Jesus’s clothes…not him….just his clothes….God has an even greater desire to reach out to touch you, to hold you, to call you His.
I encourage you to write your prayers down and intentionally every lay them out and pray for them.
-Jamie Zenteno w/Women Simply Thriving