“Take heart, daughter, He said, your faith has healed you.” Matthew 9:22
There was a woman that had an issue with blood. She’d been to several doctors for several years and none was able to heal her. She saw Jesus in a crowd one day and inched, shoved, and crawled through the crowd to Him just to touch the edge of His garment. She just knew that if she could touch Him that He would heal her.
We survivors may not have the issue of blood as this woman did but we are bleeding in another way. Our hearts and souls are bleeding pain from the abuse that we suffered.
Like the woman with the issue of blood spending years seeking relief through doctors, some of us have been to psychiatrists, psychologists, or counselors and yet we are still bleeding from the issues of guilt, from the issues of self blame and low self esteem, from the issues of deep shame and unforgiveness. The flashbacks keep the tears flowing and the fear we live with keeps us in our own prisons. We’ve done all that we think we can do and yet we have found no healing for our issues.
What would have happened if the woman with the issue of blood had not crawled to the feet of Jesus? What would have happened had she not, in faith, reached out and touched Him?
I’m not saying that we should not seek the help of psychiatrists or counselors. We should. They can help, but until we come to Christ and reach out for His healing our issues will not be healed or will take many years for that peace, joy, and freedom to come.
The Lord knows our pain. He knows exactly what has happened to us and He is the only One that can dive into our inner selves and bring light to those deep seeded hurts and wounds. He is the only One that can expose the truth of the past and the effects it has left in our hearts, minds, and souls.
In my own experience, after years of counseling, and like the woman with the issue of blood, I crawled to the feet of Jesus and knew He would heal me. The real healing did not come until I reached out to Christ and said, “Help me. Heal me. Do what You have to do.”
Unlike the woman with the issue of blood, I was not instantaneously and miraculously healed. I still had to confront the issues and with His help and His loving me through it I can now say I am healed, I am more than a conqueror, I am who Christ created me to be.