“And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.’ Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.”—Matthew 9:20-22
If we look at ourselves honestly, we can admit to various deficiencies in our faith life. I know that I struggle to embrace sufferings in my life. They inconvenience me—and I really dislike being inconvenienced. Then I recall the woman who suffered for twelve years—now that’s inconvenience!
What is so compelling about her story is her boldness in faith. She doesn’t doubt Jesus’ ability to heal her. Wouldn’t it seem natural for her to doubt after twelve years of suffering and, possibly, seeking all kinds of remedies? But she doesn’t doubt. She is bold in her faith. She knows Jesus will heal her.
What is also striking is her humility. She doesn’t want to bother the Lord; she doesn’t make a scene. She just wants to touch his clothes. She doesn’t even need or seek his personal touch or a loving glance. No, she just humbly desires to touch the material that touches him. She gets more than she desires. The Lord looks at her and acknowledges the boldness and humility of her faith, and because of it, twelve years of suffering are gone in an instant. Lord, help me to be bold and humble of faith.
How can you grow in boldness of faith? Spend time reading the Scriptures and meditating on those who experienced the healing of Jesus.