You’re Worth Stopping For! An Encounter with Jesus
The Gospel of Mark describes a scene that we can all relate to this time of year. Jesus is hurriedly moving through the crowd. He’s moving with intention because a religious leader’s daughter is critically ill. Jesus’ agenda is full; he’s taking care of “important things” (Mark 5:25-35).
If we were to look closely into this busy scene, we would see a woman who hasn’t been noticed much – a woman who’s quietly in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. She’s not famous, and by society’s standards, she not important. She’s just overwhelmed by the weight of her own struggles and needs. Mark also reminds us that this quiet woman has tried to find her way through the physical pain and the emotional loss, but rather than be helped at all, her struggles have grown worse.
Picture yourself, like this woman with the issue of blood. You find yourself surrounded by the crowd, but the people who are closest to you are not necessarily sensitive to your needs. Just like the disciples in the Gospel of Mark, the people around you may not have noticed the struggles of your life. As you stand in the midst of the crowd, you have a growing sense that the people in your life have often missed your needs – they may have even been insensitive or unresponsive.
But just imagine, in the midst of this crowded scene, you reach out a hand to touch the Savior. You reach out because your hope is in Him. Your faith is in His provision. And then Jesus, who’s been traveling in another direction, turns around and stops for you. He looks gently into your eyes. He looks deeply into your heart and speaks with tender words: “Dear one, your pain, your needs, and the weight of your life have not gone unnoticed.” Jesus addresses your struggle. He calms any fear, soothes the pain and addresses every need. “Your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over” (Mark 5:34).
This is the Real Jesus. He is the One who notices. He responds to the needs of our lives. And out of this truth, we can trust Him even more.
Remember His words: “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you” (Luke 12:27 NLT). To all those who stand unnoticed in the crowd, hear His words: “You are worth stopping for.”
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