As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. (Luke 8:42b-44)
In Karen Kingsbury’s novel, Fame, Katy Hart wants to move on from her hometown play acting career. She lands a leading role in a motion picture. It appears God answers her prayer, but the situation takes a detour. She discovers the paparazzi and knows this path is not God’s will. Having faith, she declines the role. Reading further into Kingsbury’s Firstborn Series, we discover that God answers Katy’s prayers in a bigger way than she expects.
Jesus is on his way to heal Jairus’ twelve-year old daughter and meets a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. Since the word twelve means faith in the Bible, we deduct this passage is about faith. We know previously from the riotous crowd wanting to throw Jesus off the cliff that He can move through crowds quickly, but this time He lets the crowds stop Him to heal the bleeding woman. He takes a detour from healing Jairus’ daughter. How do we react when we come to Jesus in desperation, and He takes a detour? He seems to be answering other people’s prayers but not ours.
Dear Heavenly Father, help me have faith when my prayers aren’t answered quickly and you seem to take a detour. Help me see what you are teaching me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.