The Bold & The Brave | The Woman Of Hope
This week we're sharing the story of one character who boldly and courageously asked for help when she knew how unworthy she was. Thank you to another one of our States-side sisters for taking us through this passage so beautifully! MP Team x
“Help” is the cry in his eyes when I babysit my friends’ little one, unable to express his needs, his outreached arms and emotive gaze tell me all I need. My heart melts and I put him on my hip, offering him some fruit; it is my delight to meet his needs.
To many, ‘help’ is a weak and dirty word.
“Be powerful! Be strong! You can do it!” are all inspiring mantras that empower us into success. However when these well-meaning words become labels that we must attain, they can isolate us, hiding the One who enables us to be bold and brave.
We see the same risk of faith and declaration of the word 'help' shown in one particular character, who appears during Jesus' ministry as recorded in the Gospels.
A tug on His cloak, a touch of just the hem of His garment, was her cry for help. In a swarming buzz of people, while Jesus is heading to heal a dying child, she bows low and hopes. In that beautiful gesture of humility and faith, she refuses to allow years of pain, failure and disappointment to stop her victory.
She chooses hope. She chooses the cry of help. She gathers what little courage she has left and reaches out. She recognises the power that is flowing through this man, He doesn’t have to see her or speak to her, healing will happen. Then she partners with courage again.
She is known as the 'woman with the issue of blood,' but I would like to suggest she was the 'woman of hope-filled boldness.'
There is a boldness required when we ask for help. As we vulnerably admit that we can’t, we don’t know and we are not perfect, we expose our heart. There is a level of courage that enables us to ask and receive, to acknowledge that we do not have it all together and we can’t solve all our problems. Who we ask changes everything. There is one who waits, with a kindness in His eyes and an excitement, eagerly ready to put us on His hip.
“Who touched me?” Heart-stopping words for this vulnerable woman.
Jesus repeats the question, “Who touched me?”(Mark 5:31). Her sickness which was perceived by many of shame, had cost her everything: her resources, dignity and relationships and in the midst of many men Jesus asks such a question. He stops and refuses to move on (Mark 5:32).
Jesus stops because He desires transformation;
but He turns around because He desires intimacy.
Jesus knows her inner healing lies in an act of vulnerability and so this poor woman instead of being hidden by Jesus, is uncovered. He invites her to be seen, to share her story and risk all. As she literally trembles in fear, Jesus invites her into the more.
Jesus always honours. In complete kindness, He looks, listens and responds with those beautiful words, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark 5:34). Exposing ourselves before Him is met by kindness, peace and transformation. Jesus changes everything.
“Help”, invites us onto Jesus’ hip. “Help” positions us in the arms of Love and Power. “Help” before Jesus results in Him empowering us into our own transformation, as he directs us to speak before the crowd.
You have the boldness inside you to cry “Help.” Look into the face of the one who gave it all for you, reach out, touch his garment and receive His power and His heart transforming gaze.
"Daughter, because you dared to believe, your faith has healed you. Go with peace in your heart and be free from your suffering!" (5:34)
Susie Moore is 31 years old and from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. She studied education and taught for one year in Bangor and Clough. In 2007 she flew to Nepal to teach in an international school for 8 months and was privileged to teach there for 8 years. Susie currently studies at a ministry school at Bethel Church, Redding, California. She is passionate to see Jesus in the nations and people operating in freedom and truth.