The other day I was doing my 40 Days in the Word journal and read this passage from Mark:
Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He 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.” So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.......
[On his way to the leader's house, Jesus takes time to talk with and heal a woman]
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”.......When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” ). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. (Mark 5:22-24, 35-36, 38-42, NIV)A few things struck me that day and I thought I would share them with you.
1. Jesus can handle our doubts. I am sure that this little girl's family was frustrated that Jesus took too long. Then, after arriving too late, he has the audacity to tell them their diagnosis was incorrect. "As if we don't know what dead is! Can you believe this guy?" They laugh. Jesus was undeterred. Our doubts don't change God's plans.
2. Jesus will resurrect our bodies and restore us to who we were meant to be. This child, once dead, now walks! (I bet they stopped laughing!) I think I often get caught up in this world and all its troubles and fail to remember that this state of being is temporary. I am in good health, I have a sound mind (though some might argue this point), but I am but a shadow of what I am made for. You and I are made for unity with our Father in heaven. We were made for His presence for eternity. I cannot accomplish this on my own and neither can you. We need a mediator, a savior, one who can make us perfect.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:8-10, NIV)
This served for me as an encouragement to me that Jesus can handle my doubt and that He alone has power over life, death, and all eternity.