There is a story of a woman in the bible who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had been to every doctor in town and spent all that she had but instead of getting better she got worse.
Who could blame her for going to every doctor in town to try to get better? In fact she would be crazy if she didn’t try to get better. She was trying everything she could but instead of getting better she got worse.
In many ways we are just like her. We are desperately trying anything we can to make life work but instead of getting better we get worse. Just like this woman you can’t blame us for trying something. Our lives feel broken and disconnected. They feel less than what they could be. Less than what we were created for so we trying anything to make it better. We try success and popularity, sex and partying, money and security. But we are left empty and striving for something more.
The temptation is to look down upon those who are ‘making bad decisions’ but let’s be honest they aren’t really any different than me, they are simply trying to make life work just like I am. I’m just better at hiding my bleeding.
Eventually the woman in the story weaves her way through the crowd and touches the edge of Jesus’ clothes and immediately her bleeding stopped. It is possible for us to be healed too.