And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Jesus wanted this woman to tell her story, even though He knew every detail already. He wanted her to tell how she had suffered for so long and spent all she had and tried everything she could and only got worse. He wanted her to tell how no one could help and how helpless she felt and how hopeless she’d grown until she heard about Jesus. And she knew that He would make a difference, that only a touch of His clothes was needed. So she joined the crowd, and she drew near and reached out, and then she knew she was whole.
She knew what it was to be unwell. For so long that had been her normal state, the mental, physical, emotional, and even spiritual torment of her condition. So she knew immediately that almost foreign feeling of wholeness that swept through her. It wasn’t quite as visible of a change as the man who’d been freed from the legion of devils or the young girl who would rise from the dead, but it was real. And it was her faith in Jesus that made all the difference.
We can know within ourselves that we’ve been changed by the power of Jesus, even if no one else could even tell that something so amazing had happened. Often the most profound changes we experience are internal, deep within those places no one else would ever be able to know about. So then we can tell our story. We acknowledge before the Lord and before others what Jesus has done for us, because those kinds of stories give hope to others and glory to God.
Sometimes it’s tempting to stay invisible and quiet. This woman had probably been used to trying to go about her life unnoticed, getting by on the fringe without drawing attention to herself. But then Jesus brings her forth before the whole crowd so she can tell her truth. It was a necessary story to tell. And she could go on her way whole and free and help lead others to the one who made all the difference in her life.