Possible Impossibilities

“[M]essengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, ‘Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.’ But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just have faith’” (Mark 5:35-36, NLT).

I love what Jesus does in this situation. Jairus has asked Jesus to come heal his daughter who is very sick. Before they arrive at Jairus’ house, messengers come to tell him his daughter is dead. In the face of this impossibility, Jesus calmly says “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” The Message translation puts it this way: "Don't listen to them; just trust me."

Terrorism, the Gulf oil spill, a teetering economy, unemployment, sickness. Myriad concerns assault us daily. Everywhere we look there is danger and doubt about our well-being. For an all-powerful God, all things are possible. When you’re facing an impossibility, act on Jesus’ advice. Take your focus off the trouble and clamor of the world, and trust Jesus to bring you through.

Debra L. Butterfield © 2010

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