In Mark 5 there are two intersecting accounts that equally reveal the power of God and the action that moves Him. Faith.
One is the story of a woman struggling for years. Having lost all of her resources, left to accept her fate and die. She hears about Jesus and acts on her faith. She decides that if she touches Jesus he whole situation would change and she was right. She pressed through the crowd touched him and was made well.
When she touched Jesus he was on his way to Jairus house.
Jairus, a great leader in the community had a desperate situation, his daughter was gravely ill. He was so distraught, his status meant nothing, his influence meant nothing, his wealth meant nothing. When he saw Jesus he fell to the ground in front of him and asked, “will you heal my daughter?” Jesus said yes I will.
On his way there he was interrupted by the faith of the woman. After his encounter with the woman, Jairus servant arrived on the scene and told his master, “no need to bother the master further, your daughter is dead.”
The words were final, cold, and must have caught Jairus off guard as the truth of them settled on his heart. “Dead”, that word is so harsh. Have you ever thought about what Jairus must have thought in that moment. His answer was on its way but seemingly too late. If only Jesus had not been interrupted, if he had not stopped, maybe his daughter would have lived. Why does the women get healed and his daughter die? Did Jesus forget? Did He not care?
In that moment despair, grief, fear, anger, sadness and regret must have landed on him like a ton of bricks. Should he have just stayed with his daughter, was this foolish to run after Jesus hoping he could cure her, had his desperation drove him insane? Why? Why? Why?
He believed just like the lady, he humbled himself, he asked for help. What more could he have done?
He felt alone, abandoned, shocked, and his whole world seemed to be unraveling right before his eyes.
Jesus must have seen the sheer terror on his face. He arrested his thoughts and said with an uncanny confidence. “Jairus, don’t be afraid, only believe!” Only believe, as if to say it’s time to stop all the torrent of thoughts racing through his mind. Don’t doubt, don’t fear, don’t grieve, don’t be distracted, only believe.
Today if you feel alone, forgotten, isolated, disappointed, stop listening to the wrong voices, bring the crazy thoughts of doubt, fear, and discouragement to a screeching halt and Only believe. No matter how final things feel to you, nothing is final to God.
Help is on the way, He’s not late, He’s not forgotten you. It doesn’t matter how things feel or look, ONLY BELIEVE.
Just like Jesus rescued the daughter of Jairus he can and will rescue you.