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Turning Limitation into Opportunity by Dee Kyalo

The faith that we have in Christ contradicts our circumstances. Mark 9:23 says everything is possible for one who believes – not for one without limitation, but one who believes.

Mark chapter five has a fascinating story of a woman who didn’t wait for perfect conditions for her miracle to occur. We’re not told of her name: we know her as the woman with the issue of blood. This was a great drawback. The woman had suffered a great deal for a very long time. I imagine she was unhealthy – possibly anemic, for she had been hemorrhaging for twelve years. She had been to many doctors and paid them all she had and still had no relief.

From Leviticus12:1-8; 15:19-30, according to Jewish law, this woman’s suffering went beyond the physical condition. A bleeding woman was unclean and was prohibited from regular fellowship with others and worship of God. Due to this limitation, the laws of ritual purity dictated that she should not have even ventured out into the crowd. If the actual issue of blood didn’t cause her pain and discomfort, then certainly the laws had a way of reminding her that she had a limitation. For twelve long years she was not only reminded of her condition but was also isolated from family and friends – this can cause pain to anyone.

Sometimes stepping out when you have a limitation can make you stick out like a sore thumb. The woman hears that Jesus, the miracle worker, is in town; and she emerges from the shadows. She knows that if she can just touch the hem of his garment, she will be healed.

Jesus is on His way to heal Jairus’s daughter, the crowd throngs about Him and this hardly seems like the appropriate moment to secure the miraculous. Nevertheless, she reaches out from behind and touches the trimming of His robe. “And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.” (Mark 5:29). Hallelujah!

I don’t know what issues you’re facing or how long they have stood as limitations but your simple act of faith – just to reach out and touch His garment – is enough to turn that limitation into an opportunity for breakthrough. It was enough bring complete healing to this woman.

We sometimes feel inadequate, unable to step out for one reason or another. May God strengthen our feeble ankles that we may venture out and experience freedom from the pain and shame that has long held us captive.

Inspired by Mark 5:24-34

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*Dee Kyalo is the author of Crushing Invisible Barriers . Check out the book’s cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook!
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