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Stop....Who Is That?!

Here's a prime example of The McGees being silly! Riley is going on 2 years old. I CANNOT believe she’ll turn 2 in December. In these last 20 months or so, I have come to experience just about every parenting ism/schism. Saying things like, “Oh, i’ll give you something to cry about.” or “I brought you into this world. I can take you out.” Yea, Riley was tripping hard one day so I had to pull that one out the bag. LOL The funniest one I’ve experienced is the one where it’s a group of parents in one area of the house and the kids are in another area. There’s a lot of noise, but somehow you hear a kid crying and in the middle of the conversation you say, “Shhh! That’s my kid crying.” That’s incredible that in the midst of a conversation amongst a group of adults, toddlers playing in a completely different location of the house, and other environmental distractions; I was able to hear MY daughter crying.

I’m reminded of a situation in the bible that's very similar. This situation comes from Mark 5 beginning at verse 24.

24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’" 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:24-34

Jesus was pressing his way through a crowd with a tons of people around him, YET when THIS particular woman touched Him; he stopped and turned around. Now, I wasn't there when this happened, HOWEVER, I'm sure if He was moving through a crowd of people who were following Him and pressed around Him; there were more people touching Him than we can imagine. Picture a celebrity walking through a mall and he or she has to get from the mall to their vehicle. Everybody is trying to reach out and touch that person. The bible describes the reaction He felt as “…power had gone out from him.” The woman was in so much pain when she touched Him, it drained Him. He then asked, “Who touched my clothes?” I’m sure everyone in the crowd was reaching for Him because a large crowd followed Him and He had to press through it. Even though there were many people touching Jesus, He only responded to the touch of this woman. This question wasn't a question Jesus asked because He didn't know who actually touched, but it was to place specific attention on this one woman out of the crowd. There may be alot going on around you, but Jesus knows who exactly 'touched' Him. He knew it was her. He was looking for her to respond to Him healing her.

What's my point? Just as I, as an earthly father, am able to single out the cry of my daughter in the midst of many environmental distractions, other children, and conversation amongst adults; Jesus was able to, in the midst of a crowd, single out the need of a woman with the issue of flowing blood! If Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8); why isn't He able to hear your need, your plea, your cry, your desire(s), etc.

Be encouraged knowing God hears your prayers and knows exactly what you need and when you need it. You are taken care of. Amen?! Amen.

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