As I read through the account in Mark 5 about the woman, who touches Jesus’ cloak to be healed and Jesus healing Jarius’ daughter, I cannot help, but think about their unwavering need for Jesus must have been like.
Darius falls at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come and help his daughter who is very ill. He bows down at His feet showing us how much he needed Jesus. He is begging Him to come and heal his daughter.
If only I could fall at Jesus’ feet every time I am so desperate. It is not that I do not have the option to, but, instead, I choose not to. If only when I needed Jesus, when my heart is aching inconsolable, I could fall down and plead with Jesus to help me. I pray that God will help me to remember to do this act of need for Jesus.
The woman, who touches Jesus’ cloak to be healed did so out of great faith. She was ceremonial unclean by the nature of her bleeding. She should not have been in such a crowd that day. Every person that she touched, she made unclean because of her disease and the rules in place during that time. She would have made Jesus unclean by simply touching His cloak, but she did not care. She did not care because she knew that by simply touching Jesus’ cloak, He would heal her. I do not think she even knew to what capacity she could be healed because not only did Jesus heal her illness that day, but he healed her heart.
Faith is the antidote to fear. Darius feared his daughter would die, but he had faith that Jesus could heal her. The woman feared what would happen to her because she ran through the streets touching passersby as she frantically searched to merely touch the cloak of Jesus, but she had faith that Jesus would heal her.
What am I afraid of? Petty answers only come to mind-comfort, effort, I am really not even sure. I have nothing to truly fear and my faith lacks in ways that these 2 prove it should be. I hope that as I move forward in my journey, I can begin to grow deeper and deeper faith in Jesus just as these 2 did.