…And all the people followed, crowding around Him. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind Him through the crowd and touched His robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch His robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from Him, so He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched My robe?” His disciples said to Him, “Look at this crowd pressing around You. How can You ask, ‘Who touched Me?’” But He kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of Him and told Him what she had done. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
Mark 5:24-34 NLT
A single choice can change your life for better or for worse. Big decisions and small decisions can have catastrophic results. The choices we make today form our habits for our tomorrows. The choices we make today influence who will be in our tomorrows. The choice this woman made (in this passage from Mark chapter 5) changed her life! For twelve years—everyday—she bled. She’d tried getting help from doctors, but to no avail. And she had spent everything she had.
As I read this I wondered if she went to Jesus only because she had ran out of other options. Was it desperation that pulled her to Him? Is this not so often the case, though? Regardless of why… she still made the choice and that’s the part that matters.
I, personally, do not like making choices…especially big choices. I procrastinate even though I know this is not a good thing; I still do it. What would have happened if this woman had waited even longer? She would have needlessly suffered. The most important choice we make is to believe in our Heavenly Father’s gift to us and to accept it; but all our other choices matter, too. Don’t just make one good decision and stop. Continue to make great decisions using the Word of God to guide you.