When we think about the biblical standard of being a godly woman, these are the most honorable names mentioned within our faith:
Mary Magdalene, Sarah, Ruth and our all time favorite, Esther.
These women were without a doubt extraordinary examples of sweet surrender. Their grace, poise, faith, patience and beauty qualifies them as honorable choices for #goals. If Esther was a celebrity I would be leading her fan club. I love the way she spoke to her King and fought for the people with humility and strength. Then covered them during a time of fasting with the willingness to sacrifice herself for the sake of saving others.
Though these infamous women of the faith carry such a huge badge of courage and honor, the person I want to imitate most is the bleeding woman.
Crazy right?! Just keep reading…
This woman was suffering from internal bleeding for years and there wasn’t a single doctor that could end her battle. Her conditioned grew worse and then she heard of man who could heal the sick. A man named Jesus. (Mark 5:26)
She heard about this Savior, this Messiah. The One who could do the impossible, the undeniable, the unbelievable.
She was desperate. So she left her bed to find this man…Jesus.
When she finally found him standing in the middle of a large crowd, she knew she had to get to him somehow. If she could just touch him, she believed he could change everything. Then, she reached through the crowd to touch the hem of his garment. (Mark 5:28) The moment her fingers grazed his robe, her condition was gone. She knew. She knew the man she risked it all to see, to touch, was the very thing everyone said he was.
Jesus recognized immediately that someone made contact with him and asked his disciples, “Who touched my clothes?” The disciples were perplexed because they were in a large crowd where anyone could have touched Him. But Jesus persisted in asking who it was.
The woman came forward and fell at Jesus’ feet and told Him the WHOLE truth.
Jesus looks down at her to say, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
This woman. This woman was DESPERATE for freedom. Desperate for transformation. So desperate that she believed touching the robe of a stranger could save her. She had no proof of Jesus being the healer everyone said he was. Despite every doubt that could’ve kept her from coming to him, this one touch would be enough. She didn’t need his hands or his words. She didn’t need to confess to him or require him to prove his credibility. She just needed JESUS.
Her faith was so bold and courageous. But, the beauty of her encounter is found in her character to tell the WHOLE truth. The honesty and purity that poured out of her heart inspired Jesus to change her identity. She came to Jesus as the woman but left as a DAUGHTER.
She is the woman I desire to be. One so desperate for Jesus and so bold in her faith. One who brings all of her mess to Jesus’ feet and tells Him the WHOLE truth. I long to become the woman he calls DAUGHTER.
All will be well if I can just get to Jesus.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”