A couple of weeks ago a friend blogged about the event in Luke 8 where a woman in the crowd touched the hem of Jesus’ garment while He was passing by and was immediately healed. It’s an excellent blog post and you can read it here.
As I reflected on what Ali had written about that incident and how it impacted her own journey with God, it got me thinking about another aspect of that same story.
Jesus knew that He had been touched and stopped to ask who had done it. When no one spoke up, Peter said “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” ~ Luke 8:45
In other words, “Come on Jesus, this sort of thing happens in a crowd. What’s the big deal?”
And Peter was right. Think about it. It’s impossible to move through a crowd and not bump into or brush against those around you. There were likely multiple people making contact with Jesus as He moved through the crowd.
So why did this one woman experience healing?
Look at how Jesus responds to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” ~ Luke 8:48
This woman had faith. She believed that touching Jesus’ garment would make a difference in her life. She was expecting something to happen as a result of reaching out to encounter Jesus.
And notice where this takes place. It’s in the midst of a crowd walking by. It was an ordinary moment that was part of an ordinary day.
- No special location…
- No special occasion…
- No special music…
- No special wardrobe…
- No special surroundings…
- No special ANYTHING!
What made this ordinary moment somehow extraordinary was the divine presence of Jesus and the expectation of one woman who believed that He could make a difference in her life.
Today is just today. But it is ripe with the presence of Jesus everywhere if we will choose to recognize Him.