We want someone to solve our problem, without having to lift a finger. We want the solution to fall from the sky. But one person, a woman with a hemorrhage, knew that she would have to run after the solution.

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she kept saying, “If only I touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
Mark 5.27-28 NET

The certainty of this woman regarding Jesus’ compassion and power, together with her determination to reach him, brought her success. (The English version draws out the force of the verb, what she “kept saying” to herself. This was her motivating self-speech.)

A woman with this problem doesn’t go out in public. A person in her condition doesn’t risk walking about the streets. The large crowd around Jesus presented an even greater challenge to the woman. But she took the risk and got to the Lord.

When I also believe firmly in the power and goodness of the Lord, and when I am determined to reach him, without being discouraged by the difficulties, putting out every effort, I will find success for a cure for my soul and in the goal of drawing close to God.

My shame, O Lord, is nothing compared to my need for you.

Hold this thought: He can. I will go to him.

7 thoughts on “Faith and action: Whatever it takes

    • Hello Rick,

      Hope Randal doesn’t mind, but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that I enjoy the articles you write. Randal places them on TFR every now and then as you probably know. I’ve used a few in the church bulletin too. Keep up the good work!

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