“When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.” Mark 5:21-24 NIV
As they are on their way, they are stopped by our friend from last week, who was bleeding and was in desperate need of a miracle herself, and in an instant, the miracle Jarius thought would happen quickly has come to a screeching halt. I can only imagine what Jarius was thinking, “Come on, come on. We don’t have time for this. My baby is dying. You can come back for her, but I need you right now! She doesn’t; her issue isn’t as important as mine. If we stay here any longer, all hope will be lost and my child will be gone.” I can think of many times when I thought my issues, my circumstances, my hurts, my financial struggles, were more important than other people’s needs and struggles. Like theirs could wait, but mine couldn’t. Like if Jesus didn’t show up when I thought the right time was, all would be lost. Kind of a selfish mentality to have, but I’ve had it and I know I’m not alone in this. Desperation can bring this to the surface, and when things don’t pan out the way we feel they should, we lose hope. We lose faith that Jesus is able to do the things He says He can. Our doubts can try and send Jesus away. We think He is too late. That the things in our lives have gotten too bad, and not even He can fix them.
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Mark 5:35 NIV
But I am learning each day, that Jesus doesn’t work in the ways we do. He doesn’t think like we do, and He doesn’t see situations or issues we have the way we do. In Isaiah 55:8-9 it says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”. You see, Jesus handles crisis completely different than we do, and we have to be open to the ways He does what He does.
Who are we to ever say that He cannot turn something around? Who are we give up on ourselves, when God hasn’t? I believe, that sometimes things have to get really bad in our lives before Jesus can do anything. This way, when all the pieces finally settle in place, there will be a great and powerful impression of who Jesus really is and what He is able to do pressed into our lives.
“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.” Mark 5:36-42 NIV
Because of a desperate situation, a man and his family were able to experience the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus in a miraculous and precious way. Jarius was a Pharisee, a religious Jewish leader. He had prominence. He had the glory and praise of men. He had wealth. Given things by many people. Yet the one thing he was in desperate need of, only God could fix. Not people, not their things, not their money, only God.
Are you in a place where it seems like God isn’t hearing you, or that your situation doesn’t seem like it matters to Him? Well, the truth is: He knows, He sees, and He will be there on time, and when the time is right. He hasn’t forgotten about you. Are you at the point of realizing you can’t fix it by yourself? Jesus is the only One who holds the solution you really need. God is not absent from your struggle. Nothing you’re facing or battling is too much for Him. You matter to Him. Your stuff matters. He has not forgotten about you, and He never will. Re-adjust your focus, and be reminded of who He is.
God Bless you guys! Thank you so much for stopping by! Psalm 121 is always one of my favorite go-to passages when things get rough. It’s one of the greatest reminders of God’s promise that He will never leave me; I just have to remember to look to Him.