My mom was the one who taught me to pray. I would hear her when I was a little girl pouring her heart out to the Lord, sometimes through singing old hymns and other times by simply talking to God. I’m not certain she knew how much of an impact this would have on me, especially as I became more independent and responsible for my own relationship with the Lord, but the recollection of these memories are the ones that serve as a strong anchor for my faith. Last year, she was speaking at a women’s conference on the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’s garment. I had accompanied her to help her lead worship and serve as technological support (even though I’m a Millennial who is not fabulous with technology). In the midst of learning the songs, most of which were hymns I didn’t know, I wasn’t very focused on the message. She spoke, we sang, and then we left. Fast forward to yesterday, while on Spring Break from college with two friends at a lake, the main hymn we sang came flooding back to my memory. The lyrics were very clear in my mind and began flowing out of my mouth without hesitation:
“Reach out and touch the Lord
As He goes by
You will find He’s not too busy
To Hear Your hearts cry
He’s passing by this moment
Your needs He will supply
Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by”
I immediately went to the story of the woman with the issue of blood. She had been bleeding for 12 years. According to the Jewish tradition, because she was bleeding, she was “unclean.” As Jesus is often my only hope for seemingly impossible situations, He was hers: “She thought if I just touch His clothes, I will be healed” Mark 5:28. She paired her incredible faith with a physical action; she stepped out in faith, made her way to where He was, and touched the hem of His garment. Immediately she was healed: Jesus replied “Daughter, your faith has healed you.” Mark 5:34
So many times, I take “little” issues to the Lord, be it grades or friends; I also take “big” things, like my hopes, dreams, and future. I have complete confidence that He cares just as much about my Shakespeare II grade as He does about who I will marry. The woman with the issue of blood took a huge issue to the Lord. Because she showed her faith in Him, she was healed. The past two days I have been reflecting, praying, and searching; these two things keep coming back to me 1) He cares…no matter what it is, big or small, and He will always listen 2) Faith yields action; this is why it’s important to speak and take steps in faith.
SO don’t be afraid to “reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by.” He cares.