Remember his strength – Day 11
Where is Jesus when I need him?
The story in Mark 5:22-43 is full of interesting and mysterious things. Jesus is approached by a troubled and anxious father to heal his eleven-year-old daughter. This man, Jairus, was neither an enemy nor a critic of our Lord. He was simply a father, although, he had great standing in the community because he was one of the rulers of the local synagogue.
We read that Jesus went with him but on the way, he was delayed by another person with great personal needs. The woman who stopped him, enroute to the young girl, had suffered for years with a bleeding condition. We can only imagine what that must have meant for her physically, psychologically and socially because she would have been considered unclean, and conjugally – if she was married at all – her husband would most likely have disowned her. Therefore, Jesus stops to deal with her and help her.
Meanwhile, imagine the family waiting for Jesus with great anxiety. Does he not know how serious their daughter’s condition is? Why does he not come at once? Why does he allow himself to be delayed?
How often have we felt like that? Our personal circumstances have taken a bad turn and in desperation, we have called out to the Lord. However, nothing seems to happen. Then, the news arrives that the girl had died. Jesus ignores the messengers and urges the family to have faith! Faith in what? Faith in fate or in medicine or in the unknown, or what? No, it is faith in HIM. By trusting him, they are saying, “We believe that you come from God. We believe you have all power in heaven and earth. Although we do not understand all your ways, we know you not only know best, but will do what is right and in alignment with your purposes.”
As we know, the story ends well. The young girl is healed and the family is comforted.
Does this mean that there will always be healing for us or that every crisis will be resolved satisfactorily? No! What this great story tells us, is that there will come a day when Jesus will “wake” us all up from the grave and in that new world, which he will bring with him, there will be no more death, sickness and sorrow.
Of course, this story also tells us how compassionate our Lord is with us all, here and now! We may certainly bring our sorrows and anxieties to him. However, remember the little girl died first before she was raised to life and so too with us. Our circumstances may not seem to change much outwardly, in fact, they may even seem worse. In other words, somehow for us it seems that the worst that can happen seems to happen first, with no intervention from the Lord.
Nevertheless, he who has authority and power over all things seen and unseen, is still in control of your circumstances if you belong to him.
His word to you is, “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.” Believe not in the mystical power of faith, as many superstitious people do, but believe in him, his love for you, proven by his death on the cross, and believe that he is in control of your life and working all things out for the best, and for his own ultimate glory. Whatever conclusion there is to your personal dilemma, sad or happy; you are never out of his hands, never cut off from his care and never outside of his purposes.