A Heart That Reached

"She thought, 'If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.'" --Matthew 9:21

On Monday in your responses you gave some incredible examples of Biblical characters with "heart." I have one to add to our list.

She did what a suffering Job couldn't. Jacob, David -- them, too. Run through the Bible and find as many people as possible who hurt physically, and one woman did exactly what each of them would have done in an instant. Having suffered for years with an issue that condemned her as an unwanted and unclean outcast, doctors couldn't heal her and family disowned her. She was out of choices, so she got up. She mustered strength of heart and elbowed her way through the crowd. She said to herself, "If I can just touch the hem of his garment." Now, the Bible says many people were pressing against Jesus when He asked, "Who touched me?" (Mark 5:30)

Maybe you can relate. Are you hurting physically? Perhaps you've been dealing with pain unknown to most, but like the woman in our story, something has privately clouded your life. Or maybe you're apparently healthy and able, and yet you've willfully and knowingly neglected your body as a fearfully woven gift. Whoever you are and whatever your needs, make no mistake...Jesus knows your hurt and your heart. There's no pain or scar He won't understand, so bring it all. And remember, while many people actually touched Jesus on the road that day, only one truly reached.

--Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: Some heart. A heart for Jesus got that woman up and through the crowd that day long ago. And for us, it's when whatever we're going through, tempted by, and challenged with can't compare with our desire to be near Jesus, that's when we're healed. Are you reaching with all your heart?

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