Last time I wrote about the power of believing that our prayers have already been answered. If ever one passage proved my point more clearly than this, I’ve yet to find it. Two healings in a very short space of time, one where a father goes to some length to find Jesus, and the other where the patient doesn’t even feel the need to ask! Scripture is always subject to interpretation, and I know I may have this wrong; maybe Jairus just happened to hear Jesus was in the area, maybe the woman walked for days to find Him, and pushed her way through that crowd to get close enough to touch His coat? The way Mark tells the story however, always leads me to think that she just happened to be in the right place at the right time. For me, Jairus set out quite deliberately to find Jesus, maybe travelling some distance. For him of course, Jairus also risks the wrath of his fellow religious leaders, even possible expulsion from the synagogue. For the purposes of this exercise, that’s the way I will look at it, and if I have the poor woman all wrong, I hope she will forgive me!
So here’s my one question today – am I Jairus or the woman? When faced with a difficult or dangerous situation, or a friend is in need, do I deliberately set out to find Jesus? Is He my first port of call? Do I pray before doing anything else? Or do I, having tried everything else, reach out to Him in final desperation?
One thing I will say for this woman, she doesn’t feel the need to ask. Maybe her faith in His healing power is greater than I give credit for!
Revd Geoff Eales