While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.’ Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed. Jesus turned and say her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you’. And the woman was healed at that moment. - Matthe 9:18-22

In Matthew 9:18-22, it is boldness, inspired by faith, that makes an opportunity for a miracle. Read back through these verses, and I encourage you to put yourself in the character’s shoes; if your daughter was dying, what would you be thinking? If you had been bleeding for twelve years and cast out of society, what would you emotional state be? Finally, if you were Jesus, the all-knowing and all-powerful God of the universe, what would your response be to the cries of your people? Correct me if I am wrong, but I imagine that it would be one of deep empathy and compassion.

This story gives a profound revelation into Jesus’ heart; he was not annoyed or deterred by what the world considers an “interruption”. Jesus’ response to both the synagogue leader and the bleeding woman reveal his confidence in the sovereignty and purpose that God injects into every moment and interaction. He saw need, He knew His purpose, He was led by love, and thus came the miracles.

If you are ever held back from coming to God for help, this passage should refute any evidence that has fed into that mindset! Your God welcomes interruption. He is NEVER annoyed by your needs or your desperation. He delights in showing you mercy. So go ahead, and lay yourself and your needs at His feet.

- Bailey Meyne