Thursday, September 7, 2017

When Time Stands Still ~ Am I Jairus or Jesus?

One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him. 
Mark 5: 22-24 NASB

In our lives, as parents of children with special needs and/or rare disease, we often know the feeling of Jairus...the urgency of calling out to God for mercy, healing, or ANYTHING to help us through our circumstances.  
But in this passage in Mark, we see Jesus responding differently than we would like him to. He doesn't show much urgency in how he responds to Jairus's plea for help.
As a matter of fact, while Jesus is on the way to Jairus's residence, he stops to take care of another situation:

A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse—after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?” And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5: 25-34 NASB

Now, if I were Jairus, and I knew my child were dying, I would be very, VERY frustrated.  I would be pleading with Jesus:  We don't have time!  We must go now!
It would feel like one of those nightmares where you're trying to scream but you can't get sound out...or you're trying to run, but it's like you're running in a pool full of water.  
As we continue through this story, we find that Jairus's daughter actually died while all of this is transpiring.  But Jesus still is not worried, and he tells Jairus not to worry, but to BELIEVE. 
Well, easy for YOU to say, have a plan, but WE don't know what it is yet! 
As much as it pains ME to say this, (because I, myself, am not quick to act in such a way)...we are called to imitate Christ.  We are called (commanded?) to be like Jesus, NOT Jairus.  
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (Ephesians 5: 1-2 NASB)
...The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 John 2:6 NASB)
Dang, that last one is tough to swallow...if you're going to talk the talk, you had better walk the walk.
  • That means not being hurried, and not being worried.
  • That means taking time to HELP OTHERS regardless of our busy "special needs" schedule.  
  • That means serving and not just grumbling that others don't serve us or our child.
  • That means being satisfied to be IN CHRIST even though you may be wandering in the desert at this particular time.
Yes, Jesus was God, so he didn't need to be worried about Jairus's daughter. BUT, we have clearly been told that we are supposed to follow HIS example, because the Holy Spirit now dwells in us and gives US the same powers that Jesus had.
  • The POWER to have faith.
  • The POWER to trust in God.
  • The POWER to pray.
  • The POWER to rest in God's Will, whatever that may be.
Pray:  Heavenly Father, this is not an easy message for me to receive. I feel as though I have enough on my plate and I don't want to have to care for others. But, you have told us to be more like Jesus and look less like the world, so I need your help to do that. I need you fill me with your Spirit so I can see the world through your eyes and start to identify WHERE I can help. Once I show my faith and trust in your plan, I know I'll find the blessings return multiplied to me and my family.  Amen.

P.S.  This is NOT the first time I've learned a lesson from the story of this particular healing and resurrection.  Check out my previous post The Divine Call of Dignity.  Isn't it amazing how God's Word teaches us so much?  

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