One of the many transforming tales of trust told in the New Testament is of the woman who had been subject to bleeding for many years. Among the masses, she somehow knew that if only she could touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be healed. I imagine she perhaps hoped she might go unnoticed, as being a bleeder would have made her unacceptable, unclean, and likely unworthy of touch in the eyes of others. Desperation must have driven her to reach for the Divine. She managed to reach the hem of His robe, and as she touched it, she was instantly healed.
The part she likely did not anticipate was the response Jesus had. When she was healed, He felt the power go out of Him. He asked who had touched Him. The disciples made light of it as they were in the midst of the masses, yet Jesus insisted that there had been a touch that was intentional. “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at His feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed.” – Luke 8:47 Rather than a reaction of anger, He responded in an acknowledgement of her great faith. Not only did He heal her physical body, but He publicly recognized and rewarded her remarkable trust.
One touch and a life was transformed forever. What began as a leap of faith and a trial of trust, resulted in acknowledgement and acceptance from the Almighty Himself.
I need to remember that my Savior recognizes and rewards my steps of faith, no matter how insignificant they may seem to others. His faithfulness again and again teaches me to trust Him more. He moves mountains on my behalf and makes way where there seems to be no way. Often it is merely making the move to outstretch my arms, or take a step in an uncertain direction that opens the opportunity for Jesus to again teach me to trust Him with my whole heart.