Maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t posted in a while. Maybe you haven’t. Life has definitely taken a crazy turn. I will get to all of those details, but I’ve GOT to use this opportunity to share how God has blessed me this weekend. “Reinventing Kathy” is going to follow this little detour in my journey. Tomorrow, details. Today, blessings.
We had three services this weekend – one last night and two today – to celebrate Easter. The choir participated in all three services. The music was incredible. I wish there were words to express the way that praising God through music completely engulfs my spirit. I think it is the purest way for me to communicate to my Father just how much I love and adore Him.
But the music was like the cherry on top, if you could even imagine that.
Before I start, let me share that one of the verses that I am claiming during my “medical detour” is Mark 5:36, when Jesus tells Jairus, “don’t be afraid, just believe.” You see, friends and family of Jairus were telling him that his daughter had already died, and that it was too late to seek the help of Christ. As humans, that’s all we see. But He knew better. Jesus looked to Jairus and said, “Jairus, don’t listen to them. Look at me. I’ve got this. You can trust me.” And it is on that promise, that I hold firm.
So, as if I needed any affirmation of God’s presence in my life, the lesson this morning centered around THIS VERSE! I could stop there and enough would have been said. Randall started working on his lessons weeks ago. He didn’t know about my stuff; but God did! God has been planning for this particular Sunday morning for weeks, for YEARS! Again, I could stop there and consider myself abundantly blessed.
Jairus was a synagogue leader. Coming to Christ could have put him at great professional risk, but he was willing to do anything to help his daughter. Do you see a parallel? God was willing to do anything to help HIS daughter. He gave me his Son. He will certainly be with me during this trial.
Later, in verse 40, Jairus’ family and friends laughed at Jesus. They were in total denial of the words he spoke. So what did Christ do? He “put them all out”. They didn’t believe Him, so He didn’t want them around. Because of their disbelief, they didn’t get to see an incredible miracle. God is going to do something incredible with me. He just wants me to believe that it’s coming.
He showed me a similar, parallel lesson on Saturday. Remember what God did with the Israelites when they didn’t believe God? Remember? He had promised them Canaan; but they were more afraid of the “giants” than they believed in God’s power. So he cast them out into the desert. He put them aside. They were not going to see his miracle.
Jesus saves. He breaks the chains that bind us. He walks with me every single minute of every single day. He is going to do amazing things in my life. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I can rest in His promise and keep my eyes focused on Him.
Just like he said, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”