Read: Luke 8:43-48
At the doctor’s waiting room, people are admitted one by one. Each is a person with a face, a medical history and a reason for being there. By contrast, the street can be a neutral place. People are just as needy, but no one is concerned enough to do anything about those needs. Jesus was surrounded by multitudes of people, but as Charles Spurgeon explained, Jesus never viewed His audience as a group of faceless figures.
Spurgeon said, “Jesus is passing through the crowd to the house of Jairus, to raise the ruler’s dead daughter. But He has so much power and goodness that He works another miracle while on the road. It is enough for us, if we have one need set before us, straightway to relieve it; it might even seem unwise to expend our energies by the way. Hastening to rescue one, we cannot afford to exhaust our strength upon another in like danger. But our Master knows no limit of power or boundary of mission. What delightful encouragement this truth gives us! If our Lord is so ready to heal the sick and bless the needy, be not slow to put yourself in His way, that He may smile upon you!”
Everyone experiences cares and worries on this planet. Some cares are as persistent as the woman’s 12-year illness. Others are as painful as Jairus’ dying daughter. But all are within the scope of the Great Physician’s strength and skill. Touching the hem of His garment in faithful prayer may be the only thing you have strength left to do. But just as the woman in Luke 8 discovered, that will be a touch that Jesus will notice.