‘Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”’ Mark 5.36
These beautiful words can be found in the story of the raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead. Jesus was going with Jairus to bring healing to his daughter, but they were interrupted on the way by the woman who was healed of bleeding. As a result of the time this took, his daughter died and the news reached Jairus. It is just after this that Jesus spoke these words to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” What Jesus was saying to Jairus was this - hold on.
Did Jesus need to say anything? After all, in just a few moments’ Jairus was going to see an astounding miracle before his very eyes. However, it may be that in some way Jesus needed Jairus to hold on. He didn't tell Jairus what was going to happen or expect him to believe what might seem unbelievable, but he simply needed him to hold on to the fact that it was not over yet.
Faith is meant to be a gift to us, but all too often we make it like an impossible mountain we have to climb, and if we stumble or fall then we go right back to the bottom until we learn to get it right. The gift is this - whatever your situation, Jesus is with you. Hold on to this and trust him to still be at work even when you haven't got a clue what is going on.
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