Wait, Wait, There’s More! (Part 2)

Faith Wallpaper, Wallpaper Of Faith

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:25-18

Those TV commercials that sell the magic chopper, tube of caulk or set of knives always promise something more. But besides telling you that you are getting two magic choppers for $19.95, they also tell you to hurry. If you call within the next 30 minutes, then you get the second set of knives free, plus a separate charge for shipping and handling of course. There’s a deal here but don’t wait. Hurry!

Jairus would have understood that urgency. In Monday’s devotion we left Jairus as he hurried Jesus along to his house to heal his desperately ill daughter. But wait, Jairus, there’s more here!  This woman has come through the crowd to be healed. She is the complete opposite of Jairus as she comes without notice and hopes to touch Jesus for an instant only. But wait, there’s also more for her.

The healing comes instantly just as she hoped, but then Jesus stops walking. To everyone’s’ surprise, and likely to Jairus’ annoyance, Jesus wouldn’t go forward until the woman came forward and he could assure her that her faith had made her well and she could go in peace. What a wonderful blessing beyond merely the hidden touch. She could go home in peace and wake up the next morning confident that her healing was complete.

Meanwhile Jairus has had to wait. But don’t despair, Jairus. Jesus knows exactly what he is doing and what is happening. Even when it seems that Jesus has taken time and energy to solve a problem that is not life-threatening, while Jairus’ daughter is actually dying, it will all work out.

Perhaps as you begin this new year, you feel like Jairus. Your needs are crushing and urgent. And yet, you see God healing others and solving problems that don’t seem nearly as important as yours. Wait, wait, there’s more to come. Have the faith of the woman who hoped for only a brief touch and got so much more. Stay near Jesus to hear him say to you also, “Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Our heavenly Father, thank you that you see all our needs, large and small. While our own needs seem so big, remind us that you have all of us in your hands and in your time, you bring us your answer, more than we had expected. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen


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