Do Not Fear, Only Believe
35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
- Mark 5:36 Or ignoring; other ancient authorities read hearing
Reflect and Pray:
Because of the woman’s interruption, Jairus’ daughter died. However, Jesus assured him that all would be well. How do you react when others interrupt your plans, hopes, dreams and desires?
I found this quote in my files. “During his three-year ministry, Jesus’ daily life was riddled with interruptions.” It is fair to say that his ministry was largely a response to interruptions. As a personality, Jesus seemed to thrive on interruptions–much as a physician or high-energy leader might. Yet he also displayed uncanny wisdom in handling them.
“In many cases Jesus did respond to them, and the Gospels give numerous examples. He put an especially high premium on healing physical and emotional wounds people experienced, and in the Gospels never turned down anyone’s request for healing, regardless of the intrusion on his schedule.”
Pray with me for an awareness of when God interrupts our lives to God’s work.
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