This has been a crazy stressful week. And month. And year. There are always stresses in life and reasons to worry. I think the main catalyst of change is our ability to manage them.
Today I was reading Mark 5. It tells the story of Jairus, the leader of a local synagogue who had a very sick little girl at home. If you are like me you have read this story many times, but today it just jumped off the page at me.
Jairus sought Jesus out and literally threw himself at Jesus’ feet. He begged Jesus to come and heal his daughter, and without question or hesitation Jesus went with him.
I never really noticed what Jairus’ occupation was. He was a synagogue leader, which meant he had close ties with the Pharisees. Not only did this association not affect Jairus’ faith – he probably got some major heat at work after he threw himself down and worshipped the man his coworkers were trying to kill – it didn’t affect the way Jesus responded to Jairus. He didn’t care where Jairus worked or who his friends were. Jairus had faith, and that was enough for Jesus.
While they were on their way back to Jairus’ house they were interrupted by a woman who would become the main character in one of the main stories in the Bible. The woman had been hemorrhaging for 12 years, which would not only be physically unpleasant, it made her unclean according to Jewish law. An outcast.
As soon as she touched the hem of Jesus’ robe she was healed. She felt it, and he felt it. Jesus called her out, and she was terrified. She fell to her knees and confessed to him.
“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” – Mark 5:34
Did you catch that? All we have to do is reach out to Jesus. Our faith can make us well. Our suffering can be over.
But wait, as heavy as that is, the story isn’t over! They are still on their way to Jairus’ house!
But some messengers showed up while they were standing there and told Jairus his daughter had died. Leave Jesus alone they said.
Mark doesn’t document Jairus’ reaction. I can only imagine. What did he think while Jesus stopped to have an exchange with that woman? Was he blown away by the miracle he witnessed, or was he drumming his fingers wanting Jesus to hurry up? How often have you thought God was taking His sweet time to answer your prayer?
What Jairus was thinking, we don’t know. But what Jesus did next is life changing.
He simply turned to Jairus and said:
“Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” -Mark 5:36
Not, “Don’t worry Jairus, I’m going to raise your daughter from the dead.” Or “Everything happens for a reason!” Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.
When your marriage is crumbling before your eyes, don’t be afraid, just have faith. When you don’t know how you are going to pay the bills this month, don’t be afraid, just have faith. When you get devastating news about a loved one, don’t be afraid, just have faith.
I have read this story a million times. Never before has it reached out and completely gobsmacked me before.
The story continues, Jesus makes it to Jairus’ house, he raises the little girl. He even makes sure she gets dinner before he leaves.
As this 31 day challenge is drawing to a close, this seemed like a fitting post to end my contribution with. I chose my topic, 31 days of learning to be positive, not because it was a trait I had mastered, but one that I wanted to work on. Thank you to those who have come on this journey with me, bore with reading super-long posts EVERY DAY, and took the time to share your story with me. I have received so many wonderful emails and comments of people thanking me for being so transparent with my struggles and how a post helped them. That blows me away!
Tomorrow I am going to close the series by sharing some of the other 31 Days blogs that have touched me, introduced me to new friends, and even made me laugh. This has been an amazing experience and I will definitely be participating next year! On Monday I will be back to 3-4 posts a week, and stop clogging your inbox. 🙂
This is day 30 in the series 31 Days Of Learning To Be Positive. Click here to check out the entire series.