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:
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 "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.