Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Grasping His hem.

I realize that I've got quite a few readers with different faith, or people who might not know every bible verse or story I reference.  (Even if you come here for the decorating/photos/baking and this faith stuff isn't really your cup of tea, I'm so glad you are here anyway. Just so you know.)  In case that describes you a little bit, there is a story in the bible that I just love, and before I say what I came to say, you'll need the background of what I'm talking about... so here it is, in my best Sasha nutshell.  There was a woman referred to in the bible as the "Woman with the issue of blood."  Poor thing. My heart goes out to her... here's why:
 
She had been suffering for twelve years, of a chronic hemorrhage which made her "unclean" in the Jewish society in which she lived.  She had also tried every remedy known to man but nothing had made her better.  She was most likely exhausted, weak from anemia, humiliated, rejected by everyone she knew, frustrated, and quite possibly divorced because of the length of her uncleanliness. She had no hope.  None.  She had heard about this guy wandering around healing people, named Jesus, and something inside of her heart, not quite dead after all, sprung a new seed of hope.  She snuck into a crowd where she would not have been welcome.  She reached out her trembling hand and let her fingertips grasp the edge... just the edge of his hem.  She probably thought she would get away with it and then could run like mad back into the shadows.  Who knows how long it took her to work up the courage to do this.  She probably thought she had nothing to lose at this point... it couldn't get any worse.  She dared to believe in what she hoped- that He could save her.  He could rescue her.  Pure, I-have-run-out-of-all-my-other-options kind of faith. 

She clutched His hem, only for a moment, but that's all she needed.  Instantly, strength filled her body and she knew healing had happened, deep insider of her. Jesus knew immediately too.  Someone had touched His clothes and He called her out. The bible says in Luke 8:47 that she "came trembling and fell at his feet."  I love that He turned eyes of compassion and love on her and kindly said, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”  But what I really love... is that Jesus was in control the whole time.  It wasn't an "Oops I just lost one of my power packs" moment.  He allowed healing-a rescue- knowing that she was reaching out in faith toward Him.  Believing Him for that rescue.  

I had an awesome "aha!" moment today.  I have been reading about things God does, taking someone from the depth of a pit to second in command... taking someone from captivity to trusted advisor to a king... and it occurred to me that BIG rescues are God's specialty.  We all need a rescue from time to time.  We have situations beyond our control with no hope in sight and no idea what to do about it.  It's so easy to focus on the size of the miracle we need- rather than the Miracle worker Himself.  He is God.  Size is irrelevant to Him because if the only kind of faith we have to offer is the itty bitty hope of maybe getting near enough to let just the tips of our fingers brush against His hem in faith, that's all He needs.  It might be small but He can work with small faith.  He can heal with small faith... He can bring rescue to a heart with small faith.  He promises in Matthew 17:20b "...Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." 


All we have to do is reach our trembling hands out, filled with nothing but a tiny seed of faith and let Him do the rest.



29 comments:

  1. i'm sittin' here just a nodding and amening up a storm!!
    xoxo

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  2. He is faithful. Thank you for your timely post in my life, as always. ♥

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  3. Yes - oh yes! I'm working with mustard seed sized faith and a big mountain to move - your encouragement is so timely, but then His Word is always alive and powerful!

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    1. That is all you need girl. I'm convinced. Hang on to it!! He will bless. :)

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  4. perfectly said.....as usual!!!!!

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  5. LOVE!

    Sometimes He even heals us when we forget to "touch his hem". Read my post today to hear about my MIRACULOUS and INSTANTANEOUS healing!


    :) :) :)

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  6. Wow you hit me girl! I have a strong faith, strong belief in God...but have never read the bible ...I have listened to readings at Catholic Masses....went to CCD....took a college class "The Bible As Literature"....but have never opened the bible just to read based on my faith. I listen to you and others (like Becky) talk about Jesus, and I feel something I have never felt within my own belief system...a love for the verses, a love for the meanings, a love for the strength you take from HIS word. I DO come here for the decorating, and family, and craftiness, but I also come here because you are teaching me about Jesus. So thanks.

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  7. i'm afraid i have more fear than faith most of the time...so not what we were meant for. thank you, sweet sasha.
    xo

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  8. So many wonderful stories in the bible! It's one of my favorite parts of homeschooling- getting to teach those stories and miracles to my children. :)

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  9. Sweet Sasha,
    You may have many readers of different faiths and beliefs....but one thing is for sure. You are uplifting! You type so freely and beautifully. And even though my Faith is different than yours.....You still speak truth and happiness. You speak Love of God and his Son Jesus Christ. You speak of Faith and trust in our Lord. And that my friend is a trait that I admire. I am strong in my faith but I strive to be better at sharing it, writing it, speaking it, and offering a piece of it to those around me like you do. You offer Happiness that the world is looking for. Keep up your good work. You will be blessed for sharing such inspiring words which you do daily!

    Much love,

    Leslee

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  10. this is wonderful.
    i have been pondering active faith lately.
    the kind that trusts Him for the answer, and Him alone.
    the kind that doesn't try to 'make' the answer happen, or look to others to accomplish the task, but truly trusting and BELIEVING with EXPECTATION that HE will deliver because His promises are real!

    faith:::the substance of things hoped for...the evidence of things not seen!

    love every bit of this.
    xoxo

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  11. amen, amazing stories of redemption are so sweet to my soul. i'm thankful He is doing the same work in you and me!

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  12. I needed this, more than I can say. Thank you.

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  13. Such a wonderful reminder for me today. Thank you for this encouragement.

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  14. Love this!!!!!! It's amazing how we focus on the size of our circumstances and even though we trust in Him, we don't focus on the Size of Him!!!! I love this story about the bleeding woman....what courage she had!!!! Thank you for sharing!! I know that God is going to have an amazing rescue for you and your family because you are constantly seeking Him, looking to get closer and deeper, making Him the focus and then encouraging us to do the same!! I can't wait to see where He takes you!!

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  15. He's big into suddenlys too. suddenly it all changed around. suddenly all things were made right. oh how i love the suddenlys!

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  16. Nantucket Daffodil...you said what was on my heart much better than I. And thank you, Sasha.

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  17. Thank You,Sasha! Love your post!

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  18. yes! i love this!
    there are times (as in the phase that i'm in right now) where i feel so guilty for not trusting him more. and not having that 'active faith' that was mentioned above. but he knows our hearts doesn't He? the good, the bad and the ugly.
    and He still loves us. amen to that. xoxo

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  19. Faith yes! I sometimes I have too much that it may seem as if I have a don't care attitude, I've learned over my 49 years that I can't control all things and to let it be in his hands. I love these photos very cool!
    Have a great weekend!

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  20. how amazing is it that all of our "self" is in stories of the bible?
    i mean..all the dirty bad ugly...sick it is all there and how God reaches out in the midst of all of that..
    do you ever just want to go
    that's my daddy? and i'm his?
    me too:)
    hugs...xo

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  21. Amen and you Sasha should be a preacher.....I love the way you tell the stories !

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  22. Sasha, what a delightful place you have here. I found you through another fellow blogger and I'm so glad. I'm praying for a miracle in a situation and it has stretched my faith beyond measure. This post was such an encouragement to me. Blessings my dear!

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  23. Well said! I am one of your newest followers! Thanks for sharing your heart. it's an encouragement to me.

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  24. beautiful story of faith healing and compassion....and trust.

    one of my favorites.

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  25. BLESSED by our time together yesterday!

    :) :) :)

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  26. Catching up on my blog reading and I scrolled to this post. I love - LOVE - this story in the Bible so much. It reached out and grabbed me when I turned my life over to Christ for real just about 10 years ago. The part that has me blubbering every time is that He stopped. He called her "daughter" - a term of endearment she probably hadn't heard from anyone in a LONG time and then she told Him "everything." And He listened. And He healed - not just physically but emotionally, too. LOVE that part of Jesus - He always had time for everyone. My blog is named Thugater - the Greek word for daughter, the term Jesus used...a reminder to me every time I see it of the God I serve and love and just one small reason why.

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