The lady who touched Jesus’ cloak and was instantly healed. Jesus stopped in His tracks and asked: “Who was the one who touched me?” This woman had to confess it was her, in front of all the crowd. Rising shame. Would He be mad? Would the people laugh? Would they make fun of her?
I am watching, I’m part of the crowd. I want to choose the woman’s side and stand by her but I am too worried about the crowd singling me out with her. So I don’t. But I know what it is like to stand alone. Surely she shouldn’t have to. But I am too scared to be made fun of. I won’t risk it! So either way I don’t feel good. It’s either pain and quilt or shame and fear.
But there is a good I can choose.
There is good. What is it? Surely walking up to this woman laying in the dust, feeling so alone… afraid… ashamed… not knowing what she did was allowed. Shame weakening her. I reach out, one arm reaching underneath hers, one hand reaching for her hand. She gets up in the steadiness of my body. I let her lean into mine. She’s no longer alone. If there is to be any shaming, we’ll be shamed together.
We’re deadly afraid, not knowing what’s to come. Both trembling on our feet, our hands shaking. And then… there He is. We face the Lord. And even though the crowd is loud and rowdy, mocking us, we see it in His eyes. The woman, now my friend, has done what is good. And I have chosen what is best. We no longer hear the crowd. The crowd has no meaning to us. Because… it is in His eyes. Her and I are one. I’m grateful for what she did, her courage. Without her I would not know His eyes. I did not lose out. I guess I was courageous too.
~ For I know the plan I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. ~
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