This piece was originally published on the Refresh Blog.
I was around 19 years old when I woke up with the most excruciating pain in my head. I was in my house, where I lived with four other girls, close to our college campus. I immediately called my mom for help. I thought I was dying. She contemplated dropping the phone and driving several hours to come get me, but about 30 minutes later, the worst of the pain was over. It was my first experience with migraines. I’m now in my 39th year, and I wish I could say the healing has come.
And behold, a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for 12 years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment. For she kept saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health.” Jesus turned around and, seeing her, He said, Take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well. And at once the woman was restored to health. (Matthew 9:20-22)
I can’t count the number of times I have read this story, prayed this story, and imagined myself as the woman reaching out just to grab hold of the garment of Jesus. I’ve spent many nights in a fetal position, wrought with pain, imagining myself receiving this kind of healing. But the migraines keep coming.
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