Day 116 – An Enormous BUT…
On: February 24, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”  They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened. Luke 8:51-56

Everyone looking on in this story could see that the unfortunate girl was dead. And they were all going through the culturally expected wailing and mourning. When Jesus announced that she was only sleeping, their wailing turned to mocking laughter. Jesus intervenes, though, with an enormous ‘but’ … But he took her by the hand. The result? Her spirit returned and she was restored to her family.

Jesus had the authority and power to turn over the seemingly immovable. If, yesterday, I concluded that Jesus won’t always answer our prayers in the way would like, today we must recognise that He is quite able to do anything.

How do I reconcile the chasm between my experience and what Jesus promises?

I could pull a few commentaries off the shelf and summarise how the experts approach this. But I’d prefer to offer a different perspective – based on a “word” shared at a meeting of creatives I attended that still reverberates around my mind. It went something like this:

We are called not to live safe lives, but recklessly, for Jesus. Stepping out of the expected to push boundaries so that, as we take Jesus at His word, we risk failure wherever we go.

Crazy or brilliant?

Irresponsible or irresistible?

truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move. nothing will be impossible for you.


Father God, what an exciting journey – to throw caution to the wind and live a Jesus-shaped life. Give me the courage, not to dream this, but try it. In Your power to Your glory. Amen

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