See, nothing earth-shattering or new. But five simple words God used to encourage me. He knows how His Susie tends towards fearful thoughts.
Mark 5 tells the story of a synagogue ruler coming to Jesus because his little daughter is sick. He wanted Jesus to come to his house and touch her so she would be healed. Visualize this if you will.
22Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and 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."
Jesus agreed and started towards Jairus' house. On the way Jesus dealt with a woman with a bleeding disorder in need of healing. While talking with her, bad news came from Jairus' household.
"Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?"
Horrors! Jesus was too late! Maybe if Jairus had simply asked Jesus to heal his daughter from afar (as the Roman centurion suggested in reference to his ailing servant), she would have been saved, but now, too late, too late. Jesus can heal the sick, yes. He did it all over the region. But raising the dead is a whole other category!
This is what Max Lucado made a big deal out of in his book. OK..maybe he didn't make as huge a deal as I'm remembering, but it just stuck out to me so much it seemed huge at the time. Ready for it?
36Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
Aha! Jesus ignored human reality - the girl already died - and encouraged Jairus to believe!
Why? Why not put your arm around Jairus, comfort and cry with him? Tell him you are sorry the illness took his daughter before you had time to visit the house and heal her? Why tell him to ignore this bad news and believe? Did Jesus think these men couldn't tell when someone stopped breathing? When someone's heart stopped pumping life-sustaining blood around the body? When the body turned cold and gray as life departed? Why ignore the facts on the ground and believe something so far-fetched and unrealistic?
For some reason I just loved those five words. I love that Jesus urged Jairus to not succumb to the bad news, the "reality" on the ground, but to believe God for great things. To believe God for something out of the ordinary. For something only God can do.
So whatever situations you are facing, don't look at your circumstances and yield to the hopelessness surrounding you. Remember that God is bigger than your circumstances. He is greater than your struggles, your storms. I encourage you, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
By the way, when Jesus got to Jairus' house the mourners were already in place wailing loudly. Jesus told them the girl was sleeping and they laughed at him. But, I think you know by now what happened. Let's just say the little girl laughed again. And I'm sure Jairus did too! :-)
~ Hebrews 11:6