She knew that she wasn’t supposed to be there, but it wasn’t like anyone was going to recognize her. She had lived alone at first and then ultimately on the street. Huddled in the alleyways behind the markets trying to escape notice, she scratched out an existence. It had been twelve years since her husband had left her and at least that long since she had seen her family. Today would be different. Today would be different one way or another. Disgusting tonics. Bizarre remedies. But no longer, she was out of money and out of options.
We all have bad days and sometimes we will have a bad week, but it is when weeks turn into months and months into years, we look for ways to accommodate our problem and justify our troubles. Marriage problems, family problems, financial difficulties, mental health issues, or just being alone…we start searching out solutions and listening to peculiar counselors. Crystals charged with moonlight, cabbage soup diets, online dating, cupping therapy, or cryotherapy-people are looking for answers.
Weak and afraid, the woman clung to a hope that Jesus could make her life different. Mark 5:27-28 records, “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be made whole.” It took just an instant for her life to change forever. Mark 5:29 says, “…she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”
It is time to free your will. It doesn’t take ten years or even ten minutes for your world to change forever. God can turn things around for you in an instant. James 4:10 records, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” Twelve long, lonely years, she had suffered but just a moment at the feet of Jesus and her world changed.
How can we get God’s attention? How can we humble ourselves before God so that He will lift us up? It is through repentance. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9. If you need some things gone from your life…if you need some things to change…God has promised to cleanse us! He will remove what needs to be removed and replace what needs to be replaced. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
Repentance is simply asking God to forgive us of our faults, shortcomings, and mistakes. He understands the simplest of prayers. We do not have to be polished or practiced too get Gods attention; we simply must be honest. In Luke 7:12-14, a story is told of a widow who is burying her son. Her soul was impoverished, and she had no words to offer but God read her facial expression and He raised her son up from the dead. If God can raise the dead without being asked, what could he do in your world if you simply called on His name.
This week it is my prayer that you find a place to repent. We all have something to talk to God about. And I’m praying that God changes your world.