I once prayed for a specific intention for seven years. I started praying earnestly for a breakthrough for someone I loved when I was fifteen and the Lord answered the prayer when I was twenty-two. Maybe you've been praying for something specific to happen for a very long time. Perhaps it's been six months, maybe a year, or maybe it's been twelve years.
I would have been quite upset had someone come to me three years into praying this intention and told me, "You're not even halfway to the Lord revealing any sort of answer to this prayer." And in the same light, I have often wondered about the sixth year of this woman's terrible suffering. I wonder what she would have thought had she known she was only halfway to healing.
Then I think of the day before she was to meet Jesus. I imagine what it would have been like for someone to go to this woman and say, "Tomorrow. Tomorrow is the day God will answer your prayer." She was completely unaware that there was only one day left until she received an answer.
Maybe you're halfway there. Maybe there are only six months left. Maybe your answer will come tomorrow.
Whatever God's timing may be, with her unshakeable faith bursting in her soul, I imagine the hemorrhaging woman telling anyone who's ever hoped and prayed for years and years, "It could be tomorrow. Do not give up. Do not ever give up on God."
Saint Augustine wrote: "Patience is the companion of wisdom." Pray for both today?
Emily Wilson-Hussem planned her whole life to become a sports reporter but turned out to be a Catholic musician and speaker at the hand of God. She lives out of her suitcase and travels across the world speaking to people of all ages. The heart of her ministry is offering encouragement to teen girls in search of their true identity, and she loves every second of it. She is the author of I Choose the Sky and Go Bravely. You can find out more about her here.