Matthew 9:20-22 NIV, “20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.”
Every time I read this passage of scripture, I can’t help but get a mental picture of this scene. I can see a woman pressing her way through a large crowd, struggling to reach out and touch the cloak of Jesus. She had been sick for twelve years. Perhaps she had been believing God to bring her healing and restoration for just as long. So when she saw Jesus, she believed He would heal her and she could hardly wait to reach out to Him.
She’s not much different from many of us today. We are trying to reach out and touch Jesus. Rather we are believing Him for healing and restoration, direction in a situation, provision for a financial need, or perhaps just strength to make it through one more day, we keep reaching out to the Master.
I have had many times where I have read these verses and thought it sounds so simple to just get what I desire from Jesus. But it’s easy to overlook the twelve years part. Although in that moment, her healing came instantly, there were twelve years before her healing that she had to persevere through her trials. There was a journey she had to endure before her healing came.
The good news is that Jesus is with us as we travel through life. He has a purpose in everything, and our suffering is never without a cause. The road to whatever healing we need can be long and hard, or it can come quickly.
We just have to keep trusting that God hears our prayers and will do what is best for us according to His will. We can have peace knowing that Jesus will never leave us. Everything we need to live from day to day is found in Him. He will help us overcome the difficulties we must face.