‘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.”’ Mark 5.23
As Jairus stood before Jesus, I wonder if he had any idea how things were going to turn out over the next hour or so. He probably had a dream of it happening just as he expressed it in his request to Jesus; that Jesus would go straight to his house, place his hands upon her and her health would be restored. How different it could have been!
On the way to Jairus' house, Jesus stopped and talked to another person. In the meantime Jairus' daughter died and Jesus raised her from the dead. As Jairus looked back at the end of the day, I am certain he was praising God for the way things had turned out, but it certainly hadn't happened in the way he thought it might.
There are many times in our lives when God seems to work differently from how we envisage. It might be concerning healing, when God chooses to intervene in a medical way when we had thought, and perhaps hoped, that he would heal in another way. Perhaps you are surprised by the people God uses to bring about his purposes in your life.
When you bring your requests to God, it involves a level of trust - trust that God has heard your prayers, trust that he will act and trust that he will act in a way that is pleasing to him, even if it makes little sense to you.
Psalm 5.3 says this: 'I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.' Let’s do this with the expectation that God will act, and then look out for this to happen in whatever way he chooses.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission