Sonja Stojanovic – Nis, Serbia
The woman who had been bleeding for 12 years dared to believe that if she reached out and touched even the hem of Jesus’ garment that she would be healed. Life had been cruel to her and she was left destitute and shamed. Yet when she saw Jesus, she knew that it was her moment, that fleeting chance when the king of all creation walked by. It was now or never. She pushed through the crowd that by rights she was too impure to be anywhere near, and suddenly she knew she was free. Not only was she free physically, but Jesus called her daughter and restored her dignity.
The last few months have reminded me how vulnerable we are and how life can take us down roads we thought we would never have to go down. However, in our vulnerability we realise more than ever our need for a saviour and how, weak as we are, we were born for something much more than this fleeting life we have on earth. Going through my first ever surgery and being away from Vlada for 10 weeks took me to a place where I came to God from a position of physical weakness. Just like for that woman, it’s been a place that I never desired to be in. But again, just like for her it’s been an opportunity to reach out and touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.
Dear friends, let us approach the obstacles and challenges in our lives as opportunities to know our saviour more and to see his unrivalled heavenly kindness and provision for us – to touch the hem of his garment. Our place of weakness is truly His place of strength. I pray that this December we will each have the assurance of his bountiful provision in our lives, and his peace that passes all understanding to guard our hearts and minds as the inevitable challenges come our way.