What did (1) the woman with 12 years of bleeding, (2) Jairus – whose daughter was sick to the point of death, and (3) David, who had sinned and was feeling the consequences, have in common? All three of these people showed up in today’s One-Year Bible reading, and all three were described as feeling needy and desperate. (Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 38)
How did God respond to the intense feelings of these Bible characters? He wasn’t repulsed by their expressions of neediness, like some of us would be. He wasn’t indifferent to their feelings, like others might be. Nor did He try to talk these people out of their feelings. Instead, He welcomed them and dealt with the messiness of their circumstances.
To the trembling woman with the twelve years of bleeding, Jesus sought her and said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” In response to Jairus – the father who fell at Jesus’ feet and pleaded fervently with Him to heal his daughter – Jesus traveled to the family’s home and brought the little girl back to life. And David? He had sinned and was feeling deep sorrow over it. What David experienced over the course of his life, we can experience, too – God’s mercy and forgiveness. “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
These three accounts are encouraging and instructive for us. God is not scared off by our desperate feelings. Rather, He welcomes them and has the power to deal with them. We don’t need to feel awkward or fearful about bringing our needs to God. He understands, He cares, and He is able to help us.