Jesus’s miracles of healing came in two types. There were those who put out great efforts to seek Him, touch Him or catch His attention. They Had an urgent need for themselves or someone they loved. The woman who had been hemorrhaging for years who stretched out to touch the hem of his robe is one example. Jarius whose child was ill is another. Then, there were those like the blind man Jesus and his disciples encountered along the road. Scripture does not tell us the blind man called out to Jesus. Yet, Jesus used this man to show illness or deformity was not a consequence of sin, by the man or his parents. It is not a punishment but an opportunity for God to work in lives. He dabs the man’s eyes with mud and his spittle, and then tells him to go wash it off in the pool. I see that as a way to get the man to prove his faith. There are two parts to the miracle – Jesus’ act and the man’s faith response. For the woman with the bleeding problem, it was her faith response and Jesus’ act. In both cases, faith and action had to be present.
People wonder if miracles still happen in this scientific oriented, technological world. I firmly believe the answer is “Yes”. But, perhaps, Jesus is calling us to go wash in the pool of faith first before the miracle becomes fully realized. Jesus covered the blind man’s eyes with mud – so even though he was healed of his blindness, he still could not see until he bathed his eyes. The man was required to respond in faith. He had to get up from his begging position, have someone lead him to the pool and wash. He had to want the miracle. But more than that, he had to believe the miracle was possible and that Jesus had the authority and power to change his life.
Which describes you right now? Are you the woman doing all she can to stretch out and just touch His robe, or are you sitting in the middle of your situation begging for help? Both were healed, but both had to put their faith into action. Perhaps, if we had the faith to get up from our begging position and do something God is directing us to do, we would see our miracles come to fruition more often.