He has power to heal
Good morning, dear friends! At the time of this writing, I find myself sitting still at the side of a beautiful lake situated in bear country in Maine. Fish are jumping, and loons are calling out. Part of their call sounds like laughter to me, but I don’t feel much like laughing. While my body is still, my heart is not. I am tempted to become anxious. And why not? It’s been a monumental week for our country; the end of a 20-year war. There were brave military lives lost. Families torn apart, never to be joined together again on this side of heaven. Hearts are broken and grieving. There are Americans still in the war zones. We have not one clue as to what the future may be for us as a country. Fear, anger, grief, and chaos are just a few emotions of the day. While I am here, my family and many of yo are experiencing flooding. Until the rain subsides, there will likely be much devastation. My mama’s heart wants to be home with my family, protecting them and helping in any way I can. Instead, I’m here. There are family members right now, dealing with COVID. It strikes fear in my heart! Instead, I must pray. The latest news flash says there’s been a school shooting in our country, again. What are we to do? I’m reminded of an account in Luke 8 that may offer some help for any of us who are hurting. The story is told of a woman who had a bleeding problem for 12 years. She had been to many doctors and spent all she had in an attempt to be healed. It never happened. But, she heard that Jesus was in the area and instinctively knew if she could reach Him, she would find the healing she sought. So, she finds the crowd where Jesus was reported to be, and she sets out to find Him, to touch Him. There are throngs of people. I don’t know how many. The Bible simply says, “while He was going, the crowds were nearly crushing Him.” As this courageous, hurting woman approached the crowd, she knew the only thing she could do was push her way into the crowd in order to find and touch Jesus. She never hesitated. Once she reached Jesus, she touched the edge of His robe and she found healing! Instant healing! Jesus, realizing that power had gone out from Him, spun around and said, “Who touched me?” Many denied it, including His disciples. Peter remarked, “Master, the crowds are hemming You in and pressing against You.” as if to say, “Really? You want us to tell you who touched You at a time like this?” Jesus insisted, “Someone did touch Me. I know that power has gone out from Me.” When the once ailing, now healed woman heard this and realized she had been discovered, she fell at the feet of Jesus, declaring her reasons for touching Him, making her declaration of healing. I wish I could have been there. Such a touching moment for this dear soul! Jesus turned to her and said, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Goin peace.” In this world we are currently living in, so many of us have bleeding hearts. Some have suffered for a very long time. Some have sought out medical help for their bleeding hearts, maybe going from doctor to doctor — maybe spending all they had to try to ease the pain. Healing just hasn’t come. There are restless nights. There have been more than enough days where the pain was almost unbearable. If only there could be help — If only there could be a miraculous healing. Friend, I’m here to bring you the good news! Jesus still walks among the crowds! He still cares when you hurt. He knows how your heart aches for answers. And yes, there are still those who know that if they could simply touch the hem of His robe, healing would come. But too often, the world holds us at bay, or our own fears of what the world will think of us if we follow after this Jesus. We need that miraculous healing that comes only when we reach for Him, but we have fear. Peace alludes us. Let me help you with this, friend. Jesus is not looking for a crowd of fans. He is looking for true followers. He’s looking for ones like this desperate, courageous soul who forced her way into His presence to find healing and then peace; His peace. That peace that passes all understanding. Not as the world gives, frail and fleeting at best. No, our Jesus gives us HIS peace! Peace that stands the test of time and through all circumstances. He is the God who saves. He is the One who delivers. This bleeding soul persisted, and He healed. Then He blessed her with His peace. Someday in heaven, I hope to talk with this dear woman who suffered for so long. I’d love to hear from her own lips just what that was like. To touch the hem of the robe of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and find the healing that came no other way. I so want to be like her. I want to be courageous in my walk with Jesus. The world so needs to see true faith shining from the faces of Jesus’ followers. They need to see that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. They need the peace that comes only through a heartfelt relationship with the lover of our souls. Storms will come, and storms will go. The one thing that remains constant is the love of God. He will never leave us nor forsake us. This morning, my friend, whatever the pain, the struggle, the lack, may I suggest to you that you run to the throne of grace to find mercy and help in your time of need? Jesus never fails! He didn’t fail the woman who sought after Him, and He will not fail you, either. Don’t simply be a fan of Jesus, keeping Him at bay. No, run to Him and be a true follower of the Lord Jesus and find healing for your aching heart.
Debby Renninger is a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. She is the leader of the women’s ministry at Pine Glen Church of the Brethren and also leads a weekly Bible study, “Beauty for Ashes,” in her home in McVeytown. Renninger may be reached at 250-7086.