Reaching Out to Touch Jesus

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.

27 thoughts on “Reaching Out to Touch Jesus

  1. This story has always been significant to me too, Dawn and I, like many others, have focused on the instant healing, forgetting how this woman had persisted for all those years. As you rightly point out, Jesus is with us every day and we need to rest in his trust. Thank you!

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    1. You’re welcome Lesley! I tend to focus on the healing too, then God brought it to me that she waited all those years. But He is faithful as we wait and trust! Thanks for sharing this ❤️😊

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  2. Thank you for sharing this Dawn! Selfishly, I love stories about people having to wait in the Bible lol. They’re helpful in reminding me to keep pressing forward to God & to not let my impatience cloud my trust in God. And there is definitely peace in knowing that we will overcome someday, but that Jesus walks with us in the meantime 🙌🏽

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    1. You’re welcome Christina! It’s easy for us to be impatient but instead God wants us to trust Him always. I’m thankful He walks with us and gives us peace! Thanks for sharing your thoughts too! ❤️😊

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  3. What a word!!!
    I definitely have a tendency to overlook the 12 years waiting part and focus on the “instant healing” but it’s a process. Thank you for reminding me of this sis…life is filled with processes and wait times and the fact we are “reaching out” shows there’s some form of distance at play and a point we need to get to. Help me Jesus to remember this 🙌🏼🥰

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    1. Wow you just made a really good point when you said, “the fact we are “reaching out” shows there’s some form of distance at play and a point we need to get to.” Jesus wants to stretch our faith as we wait! Thanks lil sis! ❤️😊

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      1. And I don’t really like the stretch part, Dawn *pouting*, but our Father knows want He is wanting to achieve as we are molded so faith stretching time…here we are 🙈. Love to you big sis ♥️

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  4. Ha – those 12 years! Many of us in the blogging world have had our “12 years,” and that’s why we have something to stand on, why we have a story to tell. We know that Jesus is the light at the end of the tunnel, and we want to shout it to the world!
    Thank you for doing your “shouting” part, Dawn. 😊

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    1. Thanks Kathy and you’re welcome!! You’re right, we all do have stories to tell of God’s grace. So thankful for Jesus our Light, He helps us to stay strong. ❤️😊

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