At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Mark 5:30
Know what I love about this story – the woman, with a constant 12 year bleeding issue, who reached out touch the hem of Jesus’ robe? The women was bold in her faith. She took such a risk to move into the presence of Christ. She had been an outcast, one unclean. She’d been cut off from community and connection. She had been separated from family and friends, but that day she took a risk.
She would see Jesus. Touching the hem of His garment she believed, “if just touch the gem of his garment” and instant healing came. The bleeding ceased but so too did the disease of isolation. Wholeness came that very day.
Failed New Year’s resolutions lay recklessly on the whim of this-time-next-year.
Maybe you’ve been there too. I’ll do this or that this year. Whatever it is we claim to pledge to do, our resolve to do that whatever-it-it may wane leaving us off worse than we were before.
Do we ever get them done?
I find myself saying it again. “This time next year I will…” (fill in the many blanks for your life). I think this must be what the bible means when it talks about don’t say you’ll do this or that because you don’t know what the future holds. Are we really invested? Are we really going to do it? Did we really ever count the cost? The only way to tell is in the living day by day – that’s how you know you are accomplishing the goal or the resolution.