By: Dr. Kit Flowers
“And He went off with him, and a great multitude was following Him and pressing in on Him.” -Mark 5:24
Does this possibly describe your life? Do you feel that you have a great multitude following you and pressing in on you?
This verse comes from the story of Jesus going with Jairus to heal his daughter. The miracles and teaching of our Lord had caused quite the stir and a large crowd was waiting for him as he got out of the boat to be met by Jairus and others. An amazing part of the story is that in the midst of that crowd, a woman with a chronic illness pushed through and touched Him.
“For she thought, If I just touch His garments, I shall get well.” -Mark 5:28
That touch of faith resulted in Christ’s power leaving His body and this woman receiving her healing.
We can find ourselves on both sides of this story. At times we feel the pressure and demands of the crowds. Family, work, friends, civic duties, church, our personal relationship with the Lord, all can shout for our attention. There are days when we push through the crowd and make it through the day. Yet as we reflect on the day, we also realize that there were individuals in the crowd who pushed through the crowd to touch Christ in us. Hebrews 12:1-2 speaks of encumbrances and sin that so easily entangles. We well know that the need for balance in all of these demands is a real challenge.
We can also see ourselves as the woman. We can be dealing with a chronic issue and knowing in faith if we will push through we can also find His power for healing. Do we make the effort, or are we content to watch the crowd go by?
This speaks to the balance that is needed to run the race. To find the ministry places through us or for us in the midst of the crowds. THe imagery of fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith is the key. We need to be men and women who, in the midst of the crowds of our days, are ready to see those divine appointments when someone pushes through in faith needing His touch and power through us in our words or actions. At the same time we need to look at our brokenness and to not be intimidated by the crowds, but rather pushing through to touch Him that we might be made whole and ready to serve others.
I pray that you will consider the place He has you in the profession of veterinary medicine. You have a place of effective ministry in the midst of the crowds if you will be in tune with Him through study of His word, prayer, and fellowship with the body of Christ.