Imagine that the memories of the past no longer hold power over you.
Imagine that you see yourself in a brand new way.
Imagine that the gaps left by another person’s actions are filled.
That’s what took place in yesterday’s story.
Jesus stopped everything to ask, “Who touched me?” (Luke 8:40-48)
The woman was so overwhelmed by being caught in the act that she flung herself at his feet.
“Daughter,” Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
This healing was vastly greater than physical. He restored her. She wasn’t “unclean” but rather daughter. The restrictions placed on her by Law, by culture, and by others were not greater than the freedom given to her by Jesus Himself.
Go in peace.
If someone harmed you, you are not marked for life.
You are valuable. You are worthy. You are beautiful.
You are treasured. You are loved.
I’m not entirely sure how this works, but I have witnessed it over and over again. The touch of Jesus heals when a thief has stolen your heart.
Melissa? The little girl all grown up that I talked about as we started this week? She’s Melissa Taylor, my friend and Proverbs Ministries Bible study leader. She pours out the love of Jesus to thousands of women across the world. She says:
I have seen too many women who are not living their lives fully because of their past, present, or future circumstances, and it breaks my heart. It is my true desire to show them that it is possible to live a life of joy and freedom despite their past or circumstances. God loves them no matter what.
My friend, Mary DeMuth, who was sexually abused as child, travels around the nation to speak to women with hope and healing. She says:
I’m no longer the little girl who shuddered at the thought of death, post-berry-eating. I’m not the girl who experienced repeated rape at five. I’m not the daughter who lost a father to the specter of death. I’m not the teenager bent on destroying herself. I’m not the look-at-me-notice-me young adult who needed success to be her god.
I’m simply Mary, loved wildly by Jesus. And my greatest desire and joy is to share that message of hope with you, to see you experience the Everything Life Jesus wants to give you.
Do you hear the common theme in these women who touched the hem of his garment and came away whole?
- Your past matters to God, but it is not your prisoner.
- God loves you right where you are.
- When you realize you are wildly loved by Jesus, His touch brings hope and healing.
Touch the hem of His garment.
Imagine Him stopping in the midst of a crowd as He sees you.
Receive His peace. It may be just a glimpse, a whisper, but it’s a beginning of a mended heart.
Have I told you today that I am praying for you? I am.