The Bible mentions in Matthew, Mark, and Luke about a woman with an issue of blood. Not much of a backstory is given about her, but what is mentioned is that she suffered from an illness for twelve years . Even though her story in the Bible is brief, it is memorable.
What we know about this woman from reading the scriptures, is that the illness she suffered from caused her to bleed. She visited doctors and spent all she had trying to get cured, but her condition only worsened. As Jesus stood surrounded by a large crowd, she was determined to get to him. She had a goal to just make it to Jesus so she could touch the hem of his garment. It was that simple. She didn’t have to give Jesus a hug. She didn’t have to have a conversation with him to experience his power. She believed that all the power needed to heal her body was at the hem of his garment.
When the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus, he felt it. The Bible says, Mark 5:30 “And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?” Not only did he feel it, but he knew that she had great faith. Mark 5:34 “And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”
Jesus wasn’t the only factor that led to the healing. It was also a combination of the woman’s faith. Jesus had the power, but it was her belief that led her to Jesus in the first place. This should be a reminder to us that not only does Jesus have all the power we need, but a reminder of the importance of faith. Not only having faith but also putting that faith into action. She was determined to make it to Jesus. She didn’t have faith only and stood still doing nothing. She had faith and put that faith into action. She believed that he could heal her. She made it her business to get to him, and he did just as she believed.
This story is a powerful reminder of how a little faith can go a long way.