v 28. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
This woman must have heard stories about Jesus, believed them and acted on what she had heard about His miraculous power to heal. The crowd surged round her and she must have wondered if the effort to get close was worthwhile. Deep down inside she must have been convinced that this Man could help her, but fear of the crowd, or an adverse reaction from the disciples might well have inhibited her. It is so hard to put ourselves in her shoes as she struggled to get close enough to touch Jesus. And beside all that, Jesus was in hurry with a crowd urging Him on to heal a young girl in the home of Jairus, the leader of the local synagogue. Surely, she must have thought, Jesus has much more pressing business than to deal with a haemorrhaging woman! But this trust-thought was racing round in her head, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” She really didn’t want to trouble Jesus, or draw attention to herself in any way – just a touch will do! Do you sense her desperation, and yet also her deep-rooted trust that Jesus was the answer to her life’s need?
Trust like this is a hard thing to quantify. I’ve had to trust a friend on the other end of a climbing rope on a rock-face: your mind says you can trust him, but what if …. Do you really trust him enough to climb the next difficult section? Trust like that only comes with experience; you have been in situations like this before and it worked out fine – always – I’m still alive to tell the tale!
The woman in our story had perhaps heard what others had said about Jesus, but was she going to trust enough to push on through the crowd for herself?
There was something about Jesus that encouraged and built trust. His character and compassion drew people to Him. Down the centuries many people have found that to trust Him makes sense, and brings purpose into life. Like this woman, they have been compelled to speak openly about what that trust means. For her it meant coming out from the crowd and telling her story for all to hear. Others have told their stories too over the years, often shaking at bit at the knees as she did when they have done so. How relieved she must have felt as she sensed her own healing and realised that Jesus welcomed her and commended her faith!
In company with many, many others, she found that Jesus was a Man to be trusted like no other.