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Relying on God: The woman with the issue of blood

By Annaliese Raynak

Having faith in God, especially when facing a tough report or long-term illness, is an everyday challenge. In the moment, we fix our eyes on our looming problems, while our minds run weary wondering what we can do to ease our situation or lessen our pain. The woman who bled for 12 years would understand. Mark 5 explains how dire her situation was and how grace upon grace flows from our Savior.

Woman with the issue of blood

Looking at miracles in the Bible gives us a snapshot into God’s heart and desire for our lives, and Mark 5:24-43 is no exception.

Jesus was traveling to see a sick child, and as often happened, a dense crowd walked alongside Him to watch what might happen. During the trip, a suffering woman approached Jesus from behind. She’d been bleeding nonstop for 12 years, and she’d reached the point of hopelessness.

In her desperation, she’d spent all her money going to many doctors and had suffered even more from their attempts to treat her [Mark 5:26]. Her condition continued deteriorating—until she heard about Jesus.

She found Him and believed if she only touched the hem of His robe, she’d be healed.

As soon as she touched his garment, everything changed. She knew she was healed, and so did Jesus. He asked His disciples who had touched Him, but the surrounding crowd pressed in on every side. I could have been multiple people—the disciples didn’t understand how He could even ask such a question.

However, “Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and feel to her knees in front of Him and told Him what she had done. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.’” [Mark 5:32-34, NLT].

Nothing we face is too much for His grace.

Beloved

Whatever the woman in Mark 5 heard about Jesus transformed her life and changed her perspective. She’d clearly heard about Jesus’ healing because she risked everything for just one touch.

In Jewish law, bleeding made her unclean. Because of this, she wouldn’t have been able to touch anyone during that time, nor would she be able to join in worship. That’s 12 long years in isolation, outcast from the touch of her loved ones.

When she reached out to touch Jesus of her own accord, she faced the risk of further rejection. But her perspective shift, her little faith, her understanding of being loved by God, made it worth the danger. Jesus responded to her faith by calling her His daughter. He didn’t want her to “steal” her healing and leave, but instead, to shift her eyes to His gaze so He could redeem her peace. He desired her wholeness.

When we face difficulty, God doesn’t back away from us. In fact, He desires us to draw closer to Him. We are his beloved children, and He loves us no matter what challenges or trials we encounter. Nothing we face is too much for His grace.

Fully rely on God

Our beautiful Savior cried “It is finished!” when satisfying the fullness of our sins on the cross [John 19:30]. If He will give His life for our redemption, how much more does He care about the burdens we carry?

When we come to Him, we don’t need to worry about having the perfect approach. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father, a picture of the completed work and perfection of His character. Today, we can fully rely on His goodness, love, and peace. It isn’t always easy, but as we put our reliance on God, like the woman in Mark 5, bit by bit our perspectives and hearts shift towards Him.

We’re priceless in His eyes. Today, He’s waiting for us to stop striving and draw our strength from Him. In our weakness, He is strong [2 Corinthians 12:9].

Annaliese Raynak
Annaliese is a storyteller whose passion and purpose is to help others connect their stories to the grand narrative God planned for all creation. Weaving a tapestry of words, she aims to highlight the ultimate source of Truth and help individuals discover their God-given value.