Have you ever felt drained of all motivation? Have you asked yourself when your passion for life evaporated? Perhaps the dreams and desires you yearned to fulfill when you were young have all but disappeared. After months or even years of waiting for progress, maybe you decided to relinquish those dreams and label them visions of grandeur or vain imaginations. For all practical purposes, those dreams seem as good as dead. The very real cares and challenges of life seem to loom like giants, blocking any vision of dreams that once fueled your passions.
In Mark 5:22-43, we read the account of Jairus’ daughter, who was seriously ill and on the brink of death when Jairus requested that Jesus come and heal her. Clearly, Jairus, who was one of the local synagogue leaders, had some level of confidence that Jesus was capable of healing his daughter and preventing her from dying. However, en route to the house, a desperately ill woman in the crowd touched the hem of Jesus’ garment; when He realized someone had touched Him, He stopped to speak with the woman and assured her that her faith in Who He was had released healing to her. In the meantime, after this apparent delay in the urgent trip to heal Jairus’ daughter, someone arrived from Jairus’ household to report that his daughter had died; there was no point in bothering Jesus for healing.
THAT was, no doubt, what Jesus was waiting for! We function within the confines of time, but Jesus is the Creator of all time and space, and He was not threatened by the death report. He heard it but ignored it, and He even exhorted Jairus to keep on believing in the face of that dire news! In fact, when Jesus arrived at Jairus’ home, mourners were already wailing loudly in front of the house. Nonplussed, He questioned why they were mourning and asserted that the little girl was not dead but sleeping (apparently a laughable statement in view of the seemingly obvious circumstances!). He entered the home, took the little girl by the hand, and said, “Little girl, arise!” To the astonishment of her parents and Jesus’ disciples, she immediately got up and started walking around the room.
Things are NOT always what they appear to our human eyes. When we have lost our passion and buried our dreams, we tend to consider ourselves dead in terms of any future, any further adventures, or any hope. However, Jesus regards us and our circumstances quite differently. Clearly, He even defines death differently. His thinking processes are far higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Could it be possible that God has been waiting for you to die to your version of the dreams He planted in you, as He desires to resurrect those dreams in a more glorious form than you could have imagined, had you persisted with your own timetable? Resurrection and restoration are far grander than human achievement. Listen for His voice saying, “Little girl, arise!” You might be surprised at the power of the fresh life you find in Him to empower you for a new season you thought would never come!
Father, I give You my dead, lifeless hopes and dreams and the sense of destiny and purpose I once allowed to burn within me. I surrender them to You, in Jesus’ Name. Would You take my hand and empower me to arise at Your touch?