Lent, pt. 19

How is Lent going for you?

Tomorrow, day 20, marks the half way point. May the second half be the better half!

I realized earlier today that I did not really connect Lent with the story about the woman who had the issue of blood.

So connect I will!

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Above all, the woman had a goal. She wanted to get to Jesus. Sure, there were distractions and setbacks. She was in debt and in massive pain.

Things were not good. But she knew what she needed.

Notice, she knew what she needed and not what she wanted.

Too many times, I base my decisions on what I want.

Is Lent a time for you and I to get what we want? I don’t think so.

I want to be like the woman. She pushed through the pain, she focused amid distraction, and she battled amongst the crowd.

All to get to Jesus.

That sounds like someone I want to be like.

Maybe this year, during Lent, God can change me.

Will I do what it takes? Am I devoted?


So Lent, I think, should be about making time to let God do His thing.

And if that means touching the hem of his garment, then so be it.

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Lent, pt. 17

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The woman with a bleeding disorder is finally going to get to Jesus.

Her pain made her desperate.

The problem created disillusionment.

The people distracted her.

And her pursuit is because of her determination.

She has pressed on for so long. She has fought her way through the crowd. The pain has been endured long enough.

She was determined! Nothing was going to stop her any longer.


I go back to the phrase…“when she heard about Jesus…”

The English word ‘heard’ is more than just hearing a sound. It is properly hearing, then listening, and then acting on what has been heard. Our word acoustics comes from this Greek word, akouo.

The next word, ‘about’, means all-around (on every side); encompassing. Our word perimeter comes from this Greek word, peri.

Roughly 25 years ago, I remember hearing the Minnesota Orchestra play music written and directed by John Williams. Some of the titles are pretty famous; Jaws, Superman, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars, to name a few. This picture is of Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.

orchestra hall

The sound filled the great hall and completely surrounded the audience. That night, I ‘heard about’ this great music. To this day, it is still some of my favorite music.

Our woman from the story ‘heard about’ Jesus and she was hooked. She would not relent in her pursuit until she had him.

She was in Pursuit because of her Determination.

Right now, in your life and mine, what are we pursuing? Are we determined like the woman was?

Tomorrow will conclude this mini-series from Mark 5.

Come back and see the Product of this encounter.

Lent, pt. 16

Lent, pt. 14 was about Pain leading to Desperation.

Lent, pt. 15 dealt with the Problem and how it leads to Disillusionment.

This post, Lent, pt. 16, will show us how People can be a Distraction.


Our main character, the woman, was in Pain which led to the Problem.

Verse 27, in Mark 5, notes a turning point for this woman.

“When she heard about Jesus…”

Was it a neighbor? Perhaps Jesus was in her town and she heard the crowd.

How she heard of Jesus is does not really matter. The fact that she did hear of Him is of utmost importance.

Have you heard about Jesus? What an awesome and life-changing story!!!

Read the gospels. They give eye-witness accounts of His life.

Just reading about the life of Jesus could bring change in your own life. But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

This woman still had the crowd in front of her. She had People to go through.

The People in this story are the Distractions of life.

Distractions could be:

  • temptations
  • work
  • hobbies
  • laundry
  • spouse
  • relationships
  • church
  • etc.

Just about anything could be a distraction.

If the devil is a magician, he is waving his left hand so we cannot see his right hand doing something else.

I believe that distraction is the biggest tool of Satan. That’s why I listed good things on that list along with the negative things.

If we get distracted, we are not as focused on God. If that happens, the door is now open for greater sin to come into our lives.

The woman in our story was focused though.

“…she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,…”

Meditate on those words. What type of struggle or pain did this woman endure to get to Jesus only to touch is robe?

What will you endure to get to Jesus?

woman with bleeding

Remember, she was desperate.

If you are desperate due to pain, don’t let it become a problem which will disillusion you. Fight your way through the people, which are distractions, until you get to Jesus.

And that is what I want to speak on tomorrow.

What do you call fighting the crowd until you see Jesus? Pursuit.