And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
What courage it must have taken as she made her way through the crowd that day. Desperation surely urged her on toward Jesus. She had been unwell for so long, spending all she had for a cure and facing the disappointment that came every time another treatment didn’t work. Perhaps shame came along with her condition. Maybe she was fearful of what others thought of her. Maybe she was worried about having to live with this for the rest of her life.
But along with all of those other feelings and emotions, she also had faith. It didn’t matter how much or how little she had. That she had it at all was what mattered. She couldn’t bring herself to ask, so she approached Jesus from behind. She couldn’t get close enough, so she grasped for the hem of his garment. That small, insignificant touch brought an instant healing where nothing else had worked.
The multitude had thronged Jesus. Everyone was probably pushing and shoving to get close to Him. Surely others had touched Him as He walked past them. Surely other desperate people had reached out their hands to Him. But this woman’s trembling faith brought her near enough, caused her to reach with the belief that she would be healed if only she could touch Him. And that faith is what pulled the virtue from our Lord and made her whole again. That faith is what He felt, though dozens of people grasped at Him along the way.
Faith is the channel that blessings flow through. Faith is the pipeline that sends the virtue of Jesus into our hearts, enables Him to make right all the things that nothing else could ever cure. Let’s remember that there is nothing too big to trust God for, and there is nothing too small to trust God for. He longs for us to rely on Him, to believe on Him, to trust Him to move and work in our lives. No matter what other emotions we’re feeling, no matter what baggage we bring, no matter what circumstances we come with, as long as we have just the slightest faith to reach for Jesus, we can be sure He will do what is best for us.