The man had overcome pride, and who knows what else, to go see Jesus. He had asked Jesus to come to his home and heal his daughter. How encouraged he must have been when Jesus began to make the trip.
Then it happened. Along the way, the crowd pressed in on Jesus and He stopped. Not so fast…
Here it is in Mark 5: 30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my robe?" 31 His disciples said to him, "Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, 'Who touched me?’" 32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it.33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done.34 And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over." 35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, "Your daughter is dead. There's no use troubling the Teacher now.” 36 But Jesus overheard* them and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just have faith."
Jairus was in a hurry. Didn’t Jesus know that? This delay meant his daughters death. How could Jesus not understand the urgency. This would have been Jairus’ perspective. Here are some ‘perspective changing thoughts’ as we look back on this miraculous encounter:
1. Jairus had to wait for a short time but that time may not have changed anything. Sometimes, in our impatience, we feel moments are like an eternity. Usually, a brief delay doesn’t change much. As well, if a short delay changes the outcome then maybe we should start earlier.
2. Jairus had to wait so that this woman would no longer suffer. For 12 years (the amount of time his daughter had been alive) this woman had dealt with this issue. Our delays may be needed so that God’s Sovereign plan brings about blessing to others. If we truly believe that ‘it’s not about us’ then this can bring us comfort in our waiting.
3. If this short delay did allow the daughter to die then it only changed the level of miracle that Jairus would witness. If Jesus can heal, He can raise from the dead. In Jairus’ delay, Jesus demonstrated His power over death. This would be important for Jesus’ disciples as they stood at the Cross.
4. Jairus got to witness Jesus heal this woman while they were on the way to his house. It is as if God wanted to show him the power that would be used later and tell Jairus ‘have faith’! Almost like a preview!
Have you ever had to wait on God? Have you ever been frustrated because of this? Maybe some of the above thoughts will help with perspective the next time you are in a ‘not so fast’ situation.