“A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.” Mark 5: 24-29
This scripture speaks so many different things to me, but today it is about the fight.
It was virtually impossibly to get close to Jesus, but this one woman fought her way desperately through the crowds in order to touch Him. This was not only a challenge to do it was against the law as she was seen as “unclean” with her issue of blood. She was quietly frankly done. No money, no power, no amount of tears or pleading were fixing her problem. She decided this was her last attempt at freedom. That even if she had to get thrown into prison, she was going to get into the presence of Jesus. She would push and push until she made it to even just the end of His robe. She was not going to be like the rest of the crowd watching Him pass. No, she was going to reach out and touch Him.
The fight lately has been intense.
The battle of distraction. The struggle of the never-ending tasks. The wrestle of He is just not listening. The scrimmage of discouragement.
The fight to get into His presence at times is not an easy one. But I do promise it is a life-giving one. When we get into the presence of Jesus not only do things change outwardly but we change inwardly. He renews us, strengthens us, comforts us, in His presence. You can roll up your sleeves and try it do it on your own, I have done that. You can spend countless hours and energy exploring other vices, anything to make you feel whole. In the end, leaving you feeling more empty than before. But today I challenge you to go straight to the source, Jesus.
I know you might be at your end but give it one more press.You might be tired of things just not working out, press.The fight might seem too hard, press.Press through the noise and feelings. His promise to you, “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.”, “Seek me with your whole heart and you will find me.”God is not far from you. He is eagerly waiting for you to press into His presence.
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:12-14