Mark 5:25,26 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

There is a great similarity from the verses of Mark captured in the Gospel reading: we see a woman who had suffered for 12 years as well as a young lady who seemed set to live for the same amount of time. For the woman with the blood issue, it is amazing how she had persevered for 12 years spending all she had though she was not getting any better.

She may have been recognised as ‘sick’ but I am fairly certain she clearly understood the concept of ‘ not giving up’. She might have kept telling herself everyday ‘ I will get well tomorrow’ and ‘ I have things to do here, it is not yet time to leave so I will keep searching’.These personal exhortations could have been the drive that kept her pushing on till she got to touch Jesus.

Persistence and patience are virtues that must be characteristic of every believer- the willingness and desire to not throw in the towel until we have done all we believe can be done. In Hebrews 12:4, the question posed is ‘ have you already shed your blood in your fight against sin? The answer to this will be NO for many; thus giving the indication that there is room for improvement.

Giving up is easy to do because all you need to do is stop yourself from moving any further. However, that also means eliminating yourself from all the innumerable possibilities and potential gains that await you a few strides further ahead. My dear, don’t throw your hands up yet- move press on ahead and you will get to touch Jesus.

Remember # your touch is only moments away, Just press on for one more day.

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