And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. [Matthew 9:20, 21]
The mind is a powerful multi-faceted machine. It analyzes information at incredible speed, while organising movements and rhythms within the body. Yet as powerful as it is, when it comes to thought it can only focus on one thing effectively. Try thinking about many things at once and you’ll end up with jumbled thoughts that are unfruitful. That may explain why even great thinkers only come up with single wonders at a time.
In Matthew chapter 9, the Bible tells the story of a woman on a single-minded mission. This woman had a problem that appeared unresolvable. She had spent so much of her fortune to rid herself of this displeasure, but all to no avail. Then she heard of a different kind of physician named Jesus of Nazareth. He had been going around the regions of Israel healing the sick, the lame, the blind and the dumb. He was even raising the dead. She believed the report and realised this may be her last hope to be healed. Listen to what she said in her mind- what became the intense thought that underlay her next action; “If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.” Note she didn’t say I may be whole, but that I shall be whole. She was definite, with no doubt in her mind. Before she approached Jesus she had settled it in her heart that her healing was right there. If she could get close enough to touch his garment she will be healed. She didn’t need him touching her, speaking to her, convincing her with a passionate sermon. No, she just believed with every fibre of her being that her solution was in the form of a man in that crowd. If somehow she could wade through the throng of people and touch the hem of his clothing, she will have her need fulfilled. You see, she saw her healing before it came. Yes, it meant she had to take a step forward because faith requires an action, but faith without vision is empty. Who has faith for what they do not desire?
Here then is a great lesson on faith and the end result. First we must envisage that end result. Then we can have the faith to receive it’s manifestation. Hence God said without vision his people perish [Proverbs 29:18]. In order to receive we must first see what we desire with our eyes of faith. The world we see around us once existed in God’s vision. He created what he perceived in his creative mind’s eyes. We are able to do the same and must do so, because we were created in his likeness. This is how we shall achieve our dreams and have our expectations become reality.