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Daring faith

  
Tonight I had the awesome privilege of bringing God’s story to our youth and leaders – the story of the bleeding woman in Mark 5. We do things a little differently at iYouth – we step into God’s Word through the medium of story telling and narratives. So not only did I get to read the story aloud, I also got to piece it together from various translations. I got to really know the woman in this story and see how she encountered Jesus. 

This is one of my absolute favourite stories – there is so much to unpack and understand in it. The major themes we pulled out tonight were desperate women do desperate things and daring faith

It wasn’t until I was reading the story to myself in preparation for tonight that I realised how much I could learn from this woman’s story and apply it to my personal journey. For those who have been following my blogs, you’ll know husband and I are expecting a fresh faced addition to our team this year…but in that, I have found that my fears have turned the volume up on their voices.

Don’t get what I mean?

Let me lay it out…we’re going to be parents and there’s not a single thing that we have been able to do that ensures the health or growth of our baby. We can’t choose if she/he has perfectly formed fingers and toes or if his/her eyesight will be good. We can’t determine his/her gifts and talents and whether they’ll be able to do their math homework one day or shoot hoops in the school yard. We have no control over those sorts of things – and others – and it scares the bajingies out of me. My head and heart get clogged with the voices of these fears, telling me that our child won’t be good at this, or might have that disorder or won’t be able to do things for themselves…I’ve been fighting these voices with the whispered truths of my Creator, and having the task of delivering the narrative tonight was perfectly gifted from God.

The lessons and truths I had hoped that people would grasp tonight ended up being what I grasped…daring faith was what this woman was living off of as she reached for Jesus’ cloak. She knew that He had the power to accept her and make her whole again…and I see that I can be like this too. 

Have daring faith when the voices are telling me otherwise…

The voices around that woman were more real than mine are, in a physical sense, but the application of seeking Jesus in the midst of those voices is the same. He has the power to cast them aside and fill your spirit with hope and joy.

I’ll still get anxious. I’ll still be nervous. I’ll still be afraid. But in the presence of my Creator – at the feet of the One who has gifted us this little package – my fears are quieted…

<<Mark 5:25-31>>

25 there was a woman who had suffered continuous bleeding for 12 years, bleeding that made her ritually unclean and an outcast according to the purity laws. 26 She had suffered greatly; and although she spent all her money on her medical care, she had only gotten worse. 27 She had heard of this Miracle-Man, Jesus, so she snuck up behind Him in the crowd and reached out her hand to touch His cloak.


Woman (to herself): 28 Even if all I touch are His clothes, I know I will be healed.


29 As soon as her fingers brushed His cloak, the bleeding stopped. She could feel that she was whole again.


30 Lots of people were pressed against Jesus at that moment, but He immediately felt her touch; He felt healing power flow out of Him.


He stopped. Everyone stopped. He looked around.


Jesus: Who just touched My robe?


31 His disciples broke the uneasy silence.


Disciples: Jesus, the crowd is so thick that everyone is touching You. Why do You ask, “Who touched Me?”


32 But Jesus waited. His gaze swept across the crowd to see who had done it. 33 At last, the woman—knowing He was talking about her—pushed forward and dropped to her knees. She was shaking with fear and amazement.


Woman: I touched You.


Then she told Him the reason why. 34 Jesus listened to her story.


Jesus: Daughter, you are well because you dared to believe. Go in peace, and stay well.

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<Jimmy Needham – ‘Stay’>

You lead me like the dawning of the day

You lead me like April leads into May

You lead me like the stone you rolled away

You take my hand and we will run away


Just like a child I rest upon your knee

Just like a song your love it sings to me

Beside your arms I find a symphony

You take my hand and then we run away


To the place where my fears have no voice at all

The only sound in my ear, the whisper of your call

This moment is frozen, I’m not going anywhere

I linger forever, If only I could stay here


Remember all those years ago we met

All I recall are days of past regret

And you felt so far but I had never left

Just wanting you to take my hand and run


To the place where my fears have no voice at all

The only sound in my ear, the whisper of your call

This moment is frozen, I’m not going anywhere

I linger forever, If only I could stay, If only I could stay


In the place where my fears have no voice at all

The only sound in my ear, the whisper

In the place where my fears have no voice at all

The only sound in my ear, the whisper of your call

This moment is frozen, I’m not going anywhere

I linger forever, If only I could stay, If I could stay…here.

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