22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 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.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
35 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?” 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 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. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
There are some great takeaways from this passage of scripture. One that sticks out to me is how Jesus views the condition of this young girl. What the crowd called death – He called sleep. Sometimes, in the midst of a trying circumstance, we tend to see things without God’s intervention. While there is a reality of an issue in our lives, it doesn’t have to be the final outcome. So I’m choosing to see my pain, discouragement, hopelessness and confusion from Jesus’ perspective. I will not line up the Word of God with my circumstance, but rather line up my circumstance with the Word. I will look for ways to minister to others in similar circumstances. As a result, today I will begin to see my circumstance from Jesus’ perspective!
Holy Spirit, I know you have revealed these truths to me for a purpose. Open the eyes of my heart to the things in my life the way you do! Amen!
Scott Purkey, Pastor
Bay Summit Church – Clayton