Suddenly, a woman came from behind Jesus and touched the tassel of his prayer shawl for healing. She had been suffering from continual bleeding for twelve years, but had faith that Jesus could heal her. For she kept saying to herself, “If I could only touch his prayer shawl I would be healed.” Just then Jesus turned around and looked at her and said, “My daughter, be encouraged. Your faith has healed you.” And instantly she was healed”! Matthew 9:20-22 (TPT)
The tassel on a prayer shawl was said to represent all of the commandments and promises of God. The Hebrew word for fringe or hem, can also mean, “wings”, and in touching the hem, the fringe of Jesus’s garment, this woman was reaching out to touch the very promises of God; to place herself under the shelter of His wings, where healing and wholeness were found.
In response, Jesus not only miraculously restored her body, but His desire and intent was also to connect with her heart and bring healing to her soul. He changed her life when He stopped, wanting to acknowledge her in her deepest area of need—to know her and tell her that she was both known and seen. Her presence was felt and she mattered.
Oh, child of God, the very same thing is true for you. You are seen and known, in that exact same way, in spite of how long or how hard the struggle has been. You too can reach out today and grab a hold of the fringe of His garment, allowing His life, the divine flow of eternity, to transform all that needs healing within you. No matter what He is doing, no matter where He is going, as you reach out to touch Him, He will always turn around and stop for you!
Be encouraged, just as Jesus promised—for your faith in the One you have touched will heal and restore—redeem and transform—seen and received, chosen and cherished, you!
Today Jesus, I do reach out, in hope and faith, to touch You. To welcome Your strength into my weakness; Your healing into my brokenness; Your eternal life to make me whole.
I am so very grateful, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that it could be so. Come even now I pray. I need You so.