And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. Matthew 9.18-23

Jesus laid His eyes on her before He laid healing hands on her.

There is much packed into the story. The story all of us are familiar with.

The woman with the issue of blood.

Shunned.

Shamed.

Sheer determination!

Can we relate?

Dr. Luke records the same story in Luke 8.43-48.

Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”  But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Dr. Luke, our Gentile brother, writer of the gospel bearing his name, and the Book of the Acts, catches parts of the stories the other gospel writers miss. I love that he says, Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any…

How can we not wonder if he knows this because she sought his medical attention? THIS day was her day – Dr. Jesus looked at this desperate woman and her healing took place. Go in peace.

I cannot speak for you but I can for myself. I have been shunned and shamed – humiliated before my peers. Just like this unnamed woman in the story, I had sheer determination. The Savior looked at me and wouldn’t release His gaze. He stood before me and delivered a message deep in my spirit and He delivered me from my mess.

HE SAW ME.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our example and this story teaches us to stop and see people. He saw her before He healed her. We have the answer for those around us, even the shunned and shamed – and the older I get the more shunned and shamed I realize women are. They carry around a lot of baggage from past wrong choices and decisions.

Let us, the Daughters of the Deep, have sheer determination to see them and show them Jesus.

Using Jesus as our Example, we must see them first!

Susan Shipe

Susan Shipe

"My heart overflows with a good theme...my tongue is the pen of a ready writer." Psalm 45.1 (NASB)