I love and cling to the story of the woman with an "issue of blood," the cost of going to one doctor after another, and her twelve year search to help her infirmity!
Still, this precious woman in the above scripture did not receive an answer to her illness, by any doctor! So, when she heard that Jesus was close by she determined in her mind to set out and find him!
It was no easy task, because there had been many others just as ambitious as she was to meet Jesus, not to mention the disciples who were with Him. She had to be weak and pale from anemia, making it very difficult to push through the crowds.
She had to have heard about the miracles Jesus had done and now her eagerness to find Him was like a "fire in her belly!" I can almost see her as she crawled through the dirt path and pushed through the crowds, nothing was going to stop her from being healed!
She was a woman whose modesty kept her from speaking about the nature of her disease publicly, therefore she took the only opportunity of coming to Christ in this mass of people. Her faith proved to be very strong, the hem of Christ's garment was all that was needed and it was worth every effort she took to reach Jesus!
To her, Jesus was a "fountain of mercies," that she would steal a cure from Him and He would never miss it. The secret cure, gave rise to the glory, both to the Lord and to the woman. Jesus recognized immediately that "virtue had gone out of Him"!!
Those who have been touched by the master's hand, "must own it," and He didn't speak in such a way of complaint as if He had been weakened or tricked, but in a way of complacency. Jesus was surely delighted that the "virtue that left him did good" and He did not begrudge it to meanness or malice!
So, why did Jesus say, "Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me". The woman owned her case and the benefit she had received: but when she saw that she was noticed, she came and fell down before Him.
Jesus was showing her and even us, that nothing can be hid from Him and He desires each of us to come to Him. He wants us to bring everything to Him, our sins, our troubles and our needs!
The woman probably came trembling, and yet her faith saved her! She divulged publicly to all that were there the reason she had touched the "hem of Jesus garment," because she knew she would be healed and so it was after suffering for years!!
Jesus tells us to come to Him and tell everything, even in our own trembling and His desire is that we encourage one another with our own experiences before our Lord! Jesus confirmed her healing and sent her on her way with these reassuring words, "Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole"! (see verses Luke 8:45-48)
I'm so blessed when I think of Jesus calling her "Daughter" for He confirms that we are "His children"! If we have confessed our sins and believe in Him, we are then called the "Children of God"!
I can't explain why some of us must suffer for years, nor would I try to give reasons, but I genuinely believe that those years not only bring us closer to Jesus, (similarly like the woman who had to push through the crowds) they strengthen and build our faith in a loving and caring Lord!!
Should you be struggling with any difficulties or suffering with pain and illness, I want to reassure you that Christ loves you and He is aware of everything that is happening in your life. I can't tell you how or when He will answer, but I would encourage you to "press on, fight hard to win," as you allow your faith to strengthen and grow in ways that will bring its own blessings!!
I am battling right along side of you and with a "thankful heart and a song of grace," we commit ourselves to the Lords sweet embrace!!! We can be sure that God will never, ever leave us or forsake us, as we seek Him daily in faith believing!!!