It’s been a tough year—probably the worst most of us have ever experienced…an interruption of normal life.
Surely 2021 will be better. We’re hopeful. Confident. Optimistic.
Yet still cautious. Because circumstances require caution.
Thankfully our hope, confidence, and optimism are fastened securely to our Sovereign God, who holds the universe in his hands. Including me. Including you. Not one thing touches us without his permission. Don’t be afraid of what the future may bring to your doorstep.
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Let’s follow him through a portion of just one day of his life here on earth.
He was on a mission…something urgent. Jairus’ daughter lay at the point of death. Along the way, a woman approached him with a need—a blood disorder that physicians had not cured in twelve years. She’d spent all she had yet grown worse.
She heard about Jesus. She came behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. “If I touch his clothes, I will be well,” she had said. Immediately the blood flow ceased and she felt healed.
“Who touched my clothes?” Jesus said, knowing power had gone out of him. The woman fell down before him and told him what happened—as if he did not know.
“Your faith made you well,” he said. “Go in peace.”
Meanwhile…Jairus’ young daughter died. Too late for healing. Arriving at the home, Jesus said to the grieving father, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” To the child, about twelve years old, he spoke, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” And she did (see Mark 5:21-43 NIV).
The woman seemed just an interruption, yet the Lord had time for a miracle. As for the little girl—an impossibility…but not when Jesus came near.
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“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord” (Lamentations 3:21-26 KJV).
When you feel like giving up, remember these truths. The Lord’s compassions never fail; they are new every morning. Great is his faithfulness. He is my portion; I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him and seek him. It’s good to hope and quietly wait for him.
Never hesitate to bring your need to Jesus. Come to him. Touch him. He welcomes interruptions. He delights in impossibilities.
Jesus Christ the Lord—our hope…our joy…our life. Draw near to him and celebrate his name!
(Adapted from Cabbages and Kings—Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ)
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© Dianne Barker 2020