Do you have a favorite Bible story related to different events? If we want to read a good hero story, we read the story of David and Goliath. If we want a story that reminds us how important and valuable living life on purpose is, we read about Daniel. There are many stories while Jesus was on earth that provide inspiration to various areas of our lives. The one I want to look at today is the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:40-48.
This woman had a bleeding problem for the last twelve years. We do not know anything about what this bleeding issue was, but we can only imagine the inconvenience of it. The conveniences of today like a washing machine were not available. Jesus happened to be on His way to heal a twelve year old who was on the brink of death, when this woman touches Jesus. With this touch, the woman was healed.
Jesus stops. He asks, “Who touched Me?” As He was walking toward the young twelve year old’s house, there were many people pressing against Him. Wherever Jesus went there were crowds following Him. By this time in His ministry, everyone wanted something from Him.
Jesus knew the pressing nature of the task before Him. Jarius’s twelve year old daughter was dying. The request was urgent. The need was urgent.
He did not need to stop. The woman touched His robe and was healed. That is all she wanted. She wanted to be healed. She did not even feel valuable enough to approach Jesus with her request for healing. In the midst of the crowd, she had the faith it took to be healed, but not the pride to approach Jesus with her request.
Jesus asked a question. “Who touched Me?”
When the woman was healed, Jesus perceived that power had left Him.
The woman came forward and fell down before Jesus trembling. She did not assume herself worthy of face-to-face interaction with Jesus, rather she showed her humility by bowing before Him.
Jesus noticed her faith. “Your faith has healed you.”
After this short interaction, the pressing matter of Jairus’s daughter returned and Jesus moved on.
What principles can we draw from this story and apply to our lives?
- Ask a question
- Be perceptive
- Notice the positives in another
I feel like I am always in a rush to complete whatever task is before me. This story reminds me that it is not always about the destination, but rather about the journey. In order to help others, it is important to stop the activity and notice the person.
“The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” (Proverbs 20:5). A person of understanding knows what good questions to ask. Most of us do not like to be told what to do. A man of understanding will not tell us what to do, but will ask good questions in order to help us figure out what to do.
In order to ask good questions, we must be perceptive. Perception takes spending time studying others and seeking to understand them. As we spend time actively listening to others, we will be able to perceive the needs they have. As we perceive these needs, we can then help them with what they need. They may need a friend to listen. They may need a word of encouragement.
Lastly, notice the positives in others. Most people appreciate when we notice their positives. We live in a society that is consumed with itself and so unsure of itself. The woman that is forever known as the woman with the issue of blood had faith. This is the quality Jesus noticed about her. People want to be noticed, so notice them. Notice the positives in them and point them out. The superficial is nice, but what they really need noticed is the positives in their character.
Relationships take time. Being like Jesus takes time. In order to be like Jesus, we must spend time with Jesus.
Stop! Ask! Perceive! Notice!