22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.
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[a] 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 5:22-24, 35-43,NRSV
HAVE YOU EVER given up? We’ve all had those moments when an event or action seems inevitable, and we surrender to the outcome of a situation. Some may call it “making peace with” or “finding closure.”
The bearers of bad news have come to share this point of no return with Jairus. According to them, it is all over. Nothing more can be done to save his daughter. He has to make peace with this event and move on with his life – now without his beloved child. Jesus surprises these realists. His command to the girl shows us that no situation lies beyond God’s reach. …
This miracle reminds us of our own fallible beliefs and conclusions. In this Lenten journey God can surprise us with a few words: “Little girl, get up!”
When all seems lost and beyond our control: “Get up!” When life offers the finality of a lost job, forgotten hope, failed marriage: “Get up!” These words, when spoken by the divine voice, silence the critics yet. No one can force or persuade God to perform this resurrection; these words come from God in God’s own time.
– Wessel Bentle
From pages 32-33 of The Miracles of Jesus: Meditations and Prayers for Lent by Wessel Bentley. Copyright © 2012 by Wessel Bentley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Consider your words today. Surrender yourself to the possibility that things may not be as fixed or absolute as you have imagined. Lent fosters an openness to being astonished by God’s self-revelation. Share your thoughts.
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Isaiah 55:1, NRSV
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