Much Ado

2 May

Jairus “fell at (Jesus’) feet” (Mark 5:22) broken, burdened and scared to death that his little girl wouldn’t be alive when he returned home.

He “besought him greatly” begging for healing and help in a desperate situation.

“My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.” (v.23) cried a distraught father on behalf on his beloved daughter.

Surely Jesus would rush to the bedside of his child, bringing healing, right? Jairus was counting on it.

And as he turned to return to his daughter’s side, “Jesus went with him!” (v.24) Can you imagine how he felt? The relief that flooded a heavy heart with hope?

We’re not told how far Jairus’ home was from the place where Jesus met him, but we are told that Jesus paused on His way to work a miracle there.

As He felt the tug upon His garment, He stopped to heal another.  And heal her He did while a brokenhearted father waited.

Though it may have seemed like Jesus had forgotten about the little girl who lay dying and her father who was surely dying inside, He wasn’t finished with the work He had planned for their family.

Yet He tarried, withholding an answer , allowing circumstances to continue to crumble, asking Jairus to “be not afraid, only believe.” (v.36)

He tarried long enough for a messenger to arrive on the scene with no doubt the hardest message he ever received.

“Thy daughter is dead.” (v.35)

As a father, I’m sure his flesh was screaming inside, but he continued to wait for Jesus. I’m sure he wanted to come to the rescue, to do what Daddy’s do, to fix it.

But he stayed with Jesus.

He knew that in the wake of the worst words he’d ever heard spoken, Jesus was still His only Hope.

We look with human eyes and wonder why Jesus waited? Why would he allow such suffering?

I believe He waited that day and often waits in our lives because He wants us to get to the point when desperation turns to total and complete dependence upon Him.

As He entered Jairus’ home, He asked a striking question,

“Why make ye this ado?” (v.39)

Certainly when we’ve lost that which is dearest to us, it’s the time to make ado! Don’t you think?

But Jesus didn’t think an “ado” was necessary! He had promised to come through and come through He would!

There was no fussing, no commotion, no weeping necessary. He was about to bring back what death had stolen.

How often in your life do you find yourselves making an “ado”when times get tough, when you feel like you deserve an answer and yet He waits?

I’ve made much “ado” more times than I can count, failing to realize that what Jesus has promised He will do.

Only to find that the more desperate He allows me to become, the more delighted I am when He does give me the desires of my heart!

So if you’re struggling to trust Him, struggling to refrain from making much “ado” when your heart aches for answers, remember that He desires to come through for you just as He did for Jairus!

“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Psalm 37:4

It’s late and I can’t find a picture to go along with this post so I’m going to leave it this way! 🙂 The last week and the weeks to come are packed full with wedding preparations and church events so I will try to post as much as possible!


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