I love the story in Matthew 9 of the woman who suffered twelve long years until she intersected with Deity. I love the fact that she pressed in until she reached Jesus. She didn’t give up. She was one beautiful fierce woman!
I can’t imagine how physically depleted she was as a result of her illness. For years she had a continual blood flow. Not to mention her emotional trauma, caused by the humiliation and isolation of living as an outcast for more than a decade. Normally, she would slink away from a crowd in shame. But her intense need to reach Jesus propelled her forward—pressing through her fear.
She wasn’t planning to be noticed by Him, she just wanted to finger the fringe of His cloak, and perhaps briefly clutch the tassels hanging from His prayer shawl. Her faith in this One, who rebuked storms and caressed children, removed her impulse to retreat in fear.
The Healer rewarded her faith with intimate words tenderly blanketing her weary soul:
“Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.”
The word He uses here transliterated: “sózó” primarily refers to soul healing; to God rescuing from the penalty and power of sin. Her healing extended beyond what she could have imagined. It went beyond physical. Jesus gave her spiritual life. She would never be the same. She had tugged on the hem of the Almighty and received more than she asked for.
Her grasping for His help, reminds me of a phrase from one of my favorite verses:
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think . . .” (Eph. 3:20)
I love the fact that He is the God that is beyond . . . beyond what we ask, beyond what we can imagine or dream . . . He is beyond all that. He is the God of the impossible and He invites us to grab onto the hem of His will. He invites us to press into Him, leaving our fear and shame behind.
He is the God that is beyond our wildest dreams—but He is close enough to reach out and touch.