My daughter and I have played a game for years now. When we are close to one another we try to touch the elbow of the other person without being detected. I have no idea how this started and no idea why we keep playing it, but it is fun. I imagine when I am at her wedding or graduation from college or some other signficant event, I will still be playing it with her.
What is interesting about our text of the day is that Jesus feels the tug on his clothes. He has been in a hurry to get to a girl who needed healing and there was a large crowd gathered around. It would have been very easy to ignore such an action, yet Jesus stops and heals the woman who touched him. He felt someone in need, took time to notice and then took action. There is a lot we could talk about in the text including the woman’s faith, her desperate desire for Christ and so much more. However, for the sake of today’s devotion, we should focus on the awareness of Christ.
Do you realize that Tuesdays are kind of a blah and ordinary day of the week? They typically arent filled with activities such as church or sports or trips like Saturdays and Wednesdays and Sundays. They arent full of anticipation of the weekend like a Thursday and Friday. They arent dreaded like Mondays. In the text Jesus is on his commute to do something important. His commute was crowded with traffic (not unlike those of you who travel to Chicago during the week on Interstate 88). It was a normal ordinary event, traveling to work. What we can learn from Jesus today is that, even on Tuesdays, when all is blah and normal, we need to be aware of the tug of someone in need, the touch of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Tuesday is a great day to re-focus for the rest of the week. Sunday should have prepared us for the onslaught of Mondays but are you as focused throughout the rest of the week? You never know the opportunity you may have to make a difference or encounter the Spirit.
May you have a blessed Tuesday!