In the crowd that day was a woman who had suffered greatly for twelve years from slow bleeding. Even though she had spent all that she had on “healers” she was still suffering. Pressing in through the crowd, she came up behind Jesus and touched the tassel of his prayer shawl. Instantly her bleeding stopped and she was healed. Luke 8:43-44 The Passion Translation
I cannot count how many times I have read this story in Luke- it’s one of my many favorites. I have always loved this story of healing for many reasons. I love how it is an account of hope and healing- not only healing on a physical level but on a spiritual level as well. I love how her healing came because she just touched Jesus clothes!
In the past when I have read this story I have though of all of the pain, ridicule, humiliation, shame and seclusion this woman must have underwent- my heart is empathetic towards her.
I feel like I have been going through a season of purging. God is pulling to the surface issues that have been deeply covered and packed away deep in my heart, somewhat like boxes in a storage container that you know are there, but you don’t deal with them because they are in storage. Then one day you find yourself at the point where you have to clean out the storage; as you pull that door open you see boxes covered in dust and cobwebs and you really don’t want to touch them for fear of what might happen when you pick them up. This is where I’m at, but God in His tenderness, is helping me go through each box and deal with the contents in the box.
As I was reading about this woman with the issue of blood I sensed God saying that I was that woman. I heard Him say, “You have exhausted yourself trying to fix the anger, frustration and unforgiveness you feel because of the effects of this wound, but those are just bandaid solutions. Let me heal the wound.” Just like the woman in Luke none of the healing she had sought out in the past could get to the source of the problem, she needed to touch the one who’s healing would go to the source of the problem.
You know I believe a lot of us do this. We often exhaust ourselves trying fix the effects of wounds rather than taking care of the wounds themselves. How many of us what to fix the effects of depression but we are unwilling to let God heal the wound that is causing the depression? Or, how many of us are taking anti- anxiety medication because of the effects of fear, when we need to let God yank out the root that is causing the fear and anxiety? Or how many of us are exhausting our energy and finances trying to attain a certain body image, instead of letting God heal the wound that tells you that if you would lose a certain amount of pounds then you would be beautiful and feel better about yourself.
We all have wounds that are bleeding, don’t piddle away your time and energy trying to fix the effects of the problem rather than letting God touch the source of the problem. I know it is hard to expose wounds, but if you want healing, you have to be willing to expose the wound and let God give you the healing your soul longs for.
“…Someone touched me to be healed, and they received their healing.” Luke 8:46