Daily Devotion – Who Touched Me?

Mark 5:21 Jesus crossed the lake again, and on the other side a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came forward. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded with him, “My daughter is about to die. Please, come and place your hands on her so that she can be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A swarm of people were following Jesus, crowding in on him. 25 A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a lot under the care of many doctors, and had spent everything she had without getting any better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. 28 She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed. 29 Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she sensed in her body that her illness had been healed.

30 At that very moment, Jesus recognized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”

 

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!