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Flipping the View!

By • March 24 2015

I want to tell you about a woman whose view I really admire. No, she’s not dining in a window seat at the top of Seattle’s Space Needle, perusing verdant valleys below from an Alpine peak, or sipping a cappuccino on a balcony above a balmy Italian sea port. Her situation is a far cry from any of these, actually. Here’s her story starting in Mark 5: 25-28:

“If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”

“A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse, after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”

You’re probably thinking, “What’s to admire about her?” True, if you only look at her lack of what we usually admire–glamor, wealth, social status, athletic prowess–she offers little to impress. And her “view” in the physical sense probably hasn’t extended much past the edge of her bed for a long time.

But there’s more than one kind of view.

In her case, what I’m talking about has nothing to do with what she can see with the ocular organs swiveling around in her skull. I’m talking about her faith in what she can only see with spiritual eyes: her view of God.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Looking at the rest of her story in verses 29-34, we see that her supernatural view paves the way for a miracle in her life:

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Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Immediately Jesus…turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?”… And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” (Mark 5:29-34)

This story is brief, but it’s loaded. First of all, consider the sorry condition of this woman: She’s been bleeding every single day for almost as long as it takes a newborn baby to mature into a teenager. She’s weak, malnourished, and suffering from a number of ailments due to losing so much precious blood. Her resources and medical options exhausted, she is forced to accept a very bleak prognosis with little hope of recovery.

And it gets even worse.

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