Reach Out and Take It

Mark 5:27 – “When she heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched his garment”

I think many believers, when they hear of this scripture, imagine this woman gently touching Jesus’ robe.  That couldn’t be further from the truth, this word “touch” really means to fasten to, or literally to grab and to take hold of.  In other words, this woman who had suffered 12 years with an issue of blood tried everything else, spent all she had, and was not getting better.  Finally, she said to herself, "My answer is right here, right in front of me, and I’m going to barge my way in through this crowd and take it into my hands".

When our daughterwas 11 years-old, she played in a community basketball league.  The girls were so cute and truly enjoyed running up and down the court!  Well, Joy played point guard, which is the person that guards the ball handler dribbling down the court.  Most of the time, she put her hands and arms forward guarding the ball, but with her feet she was backing away, trying to be polite.

When I saw this happening, after the game I said to her, “I’ll tell you what, the next time you play, every time you reach out and grab the ball and take it away, I will give you a dollar”.

Sure enough, the next game she immediately stuck her hand out, took the ball and scored within, literally, the first five seconds of the game.  Then her opponent dribbled down and again, boom!...she stuck her hand out, grabbed the ball and took it in for another lay up.  Within 30 seconds…two takeaways, four points!  Each time she scored, she looked at me with a big smile and held up a finger for each dollar that I owed her.

Everything you need is right there in front of you!  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has [past tense] blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3).  All you need to do is “take it”!  Don’t gently touch, but “grab hold” of it, it’s yours.  That woman in Mark 5:27 was more tenacious that a pit bull at a mailman’s convention!  What are you waiting for?  Whatever it is, healing?  Victory?  A new job? It’s yours, take it!