I was recently talking with a friend about how God never ceases to amaze me. Through my years of nurturing my relationship with Him (the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit), He has consistently revealed different aspects of His character and deeper depths of His love for me. In Isaiah 55:8-9, He states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways…As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Though often we attempt to describe Him, even our best attempts to express this truth, is merely touching the tip of an iceberg. There’s so much more to learn about Him and the little that we are able to receive, grasp or comprehend, already blows our minds!
Similarly, the Bible account of the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:42-48, inspires me to love Him even more. In this scripture, a woman with a persistent and debilitating bleeding disorder has spent all she has. She has exhausted all her material assets; her health, her strength and even her dignity, all while searching for a cure for her seemingly incurable condition. Then, she sees Jesus passing by.
With nothing left to lose and everything to gain, she crawls on her hands and knees, through a pressing crowd and stretches out her feeble hands and touches the hem of Jesus’ clothing. She couldn’t muster the strength to grab His hand, His waist or even His foot, but grasps at the very strands of His clothing. Jesus stops and turns slowly, asking, “Who touched me?…I felt power go out of me.” (If this were a movie, they would cue the music and shine a lone spotlight on the woman and Jesus, as if they were alone in this scene.) Nervously, the woman stammers, "I did. I touched you." Jesus reassuringly responds, “Your faith has made you whole. Go in peace.”... How, amazing!
This passage is so astounding to me because so often I struggle with my faith and feel that my resolve is lacking. Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t require us to be at our best in order for Him to acknowledge us. In fact, He says, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can speak to the mountains and they will move". He doesn’t rebuke us for trepidaciously taking steps toward Him. Instead, He recognizes every effort we make. The broken hearted, the doubtful and even the weak at heart, He receives us all! He specializes in meeting us where we are and He accepts what we bring to Him, because of His great love for us.
Whenever and however we reach out to Him, we always gain more than we could have ever imagined. It really is like touching the tip of an iceberg! We happily cling to a tiny ice peak of hope, not knowing it’s connected and rooted to an unsurfaced mountain! When we seek Him, He always provides exceedingly and abundantly above what we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). We gain riches in Heaven. We gain hope and a future. We gain healing and strength. We gain power and authority. We gain a Father and a friend! We only need to reach out to Him and then He brings the greatest reward - Himself.
If you’re looking for the answer to life, purpose, peace or direction, look no further. He is always more than you could ever imagine. He truly satisfies every need and all He requires is your heart in exchange.
Naifa White loves to encourage others. However, she knows her source of inspiration comes from God alone. As a wife, mother, author and inspirational speaker, she aims to point you to your only source of strength and hope - Jesus Christ.