In this season of unease and increased anxiety with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many, including myself, are caught in a situation where we lost the one thing we crave: control. And that can be absolutely terrifying for a people that seem to have a hold on their lives. But I love that God has reminded me through Scripture consistently that no situation we endure is unknown to Him and He has the final word.
We read in Mark 5:21-43 that Jesus is approached by a ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, to come and heal his daughter who was almost at the point of death. As Jesus is making His way to Jairus’ home, we see a short but powerful moment where a women with a discharge of blood for 12 years touched Jesus’ garment and is healed. A brief exchange occurs and this woman, for the first time in her life, receives an identity. She had been ignored and not respected for much of her life due to her situation and she has a true moment of healing and identity revelation when Jesus calls her, “Daughter.”
As wonderful as this is, the original mission of this journey comes back to the forefront of the story and a messenger from Jairus’ home comes and declares his daughter is dead and Jesus the Teacher should not be troubled anymore.
We are often in our lives stuck in this moment in the process of our miracle. We are in the process and God is working in His ways to make His plans happen. But then someone comes or a situation presents itself and we declare there is no more hope for our miracle. In this COVID-19 virus situation, the scientific community and the government are actively working to get to solutions as quickly as possible so we can move forward past this pandemic. But there is also a sense of, “When will this ever end?” in most people.
But I love what Jesus said to Jairus following this news: “Do not fear, only believe” (Mark 5:36 ESV). And just a short while later, after seeing commotion and people weeping and wailing, Jesus says, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping” (Mark 5:39 ESV).
I am greatly encouraged in this: My situation may seem dead or hopeless to me, but Jesus always has the final word. A solution to our world’s issues seems improbable or impossible. But Jesus has the final word.
When the disciples were facing a vicious storm, Jesus reminded them the wind and the sea did not have the final authority in the situation.
“Peace! Be still!” Jesus said. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)
What situation in your life have you declared to be dead or hopeless? Be reminded today that your story isn’t over till Jesus has the final word in your story!