Scripture says that those who merely touched Jesus, or even his garments, were healed.
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. – Mark 6:56
But have you ever noticed that the woman who was healed of her issue of blood was the only one of those he addressed directly, according to Scripture?
And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? – Mark 5:30
In the midst of a crowd clamoring for his attention, Jesus took the time to stop and address this woman, who had such a deep need, and a great faith.
And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. – Mark 5:31-34
As in everything, Jesus provides a perfect example. We should be looking for those in great need and seeking to meet those needs through him – although, at times, it would be so much simpler to walk away, or to tell ourselves that we are not equal to the task.
I felt a bit like giving up on a very emotionally needy little girl this morning in my children’s church class. Because she was so disruptive and disobedient in my children’s class, I had to send her to sit with the congregation in “the big church,” and it’s not the first time I’ve had to do that in the months she’s been attending.
But I don’t want to give up on her. She needs to hear Bible stories and learn of Christ’s love. She needs to recognize that good behavior will consistently be rewarded, but poor behavior will not be tolerated.
She needs to believe me when I tell her that I love her, that I’m praying for her, and that I want her to be a part of my class.
Unlike Jesus, I don’t know the source of this child’s emotional needs, but I can still try to help her.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. – Luke 4:18
Has someone with unique needs ever crossed your path? How have you helped them? I welcome your input.