Read Mark 5:22-42 (NIV)
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped, and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. Vs. 27-29
In the Swahili language the word used for a white person is “Mzungu” which literally means “a person that goes around and around.” I think when the word was established it was a bit of a slur on the pace that white people kept. Westerners are also known as watch people – those who are motivated by the time, rather than being motivated by an event or the meeting of people.
In our world where being busy is held as a place of importance and where we rush from place to place keeping appointments and maximizing our time, interruptions are usually an annoyance.
Jarius was a synagogue leader with a big problem. His daughter was very sick and despite the fact that Jewish leaders were opposed to Jesus’ ministry, here he was asking Jesus to help him. On the way to Jarius’ house Jesus is interrupted by a woman who was also sick, poor, alone and alienated from her community.
The woman driven by her situation and by faith goes into the crowd and touches the hem of Jesus’ cloak. She is immediately healed of her issue and Jesus makes sure to identify her to the community. Jesus calls her “daughter” a term of endearment and by doing so publicly is introducing her back into the community. She was not an interruption, she was a dear lost soul in need of a healing touch, a way back into her community and rest for her weary soul.
The next time an interruption happens in your life look past the immediate circumstances and you may be part of something that God has planned for someone else. What a privilege we have to be part of the work & ministry of Jesus.
Lord make me able to see you at work, that I might do my part. Amen.