“While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?’ As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe.’ ” Mark 5:35-36
We have so many dreams wrapped up in our children. They start the moment we begin to imagine having children and continue growing and expanding as time passes.
At first the dreams have to do with what we want to do with our children and what we hope to see them accomplish. Those dreams change and grow over the years as our children grow and mature and their gifts and talents reveal themselves.
At some point our imaginations begin to include other hypothetical children that we hope will be added to our families. I’m talking about grandchildren. Even people, like myself, that have a very strong “wait and see” philosophy about life, can’t keep ourselves from dreaming about grandchildren. There’s nothing specific about those dreams, you understand. But I do want grandchildren and I hope to have them early enough in my life so that I can still be active and energetic with them. I also hope to be able to spend large amounts of time with my grandchildren. I want them to know me and I want to really get the chance to know them.
It can be a tremendous blow when all of a sudden all those dreams are swept away.
Jairus had sought out Jesus hoping that he would come and make everything alright. And when Jesus agreed to go to his house and heal his daughter hope had grown wings and begun to soar. Jesus was on his way. He could heal his daughter. He would make sure the dreams didn’t die.
And then the servant came with the news that hey were too late. His daughter had died.
But Jesus voice breaks through the grief. “Don’t be afraid, only believe.”
Believe in what? Who?
Believe in Jesus. No matter how life may have rolled right over you and left you bruised, and bleeding, and gasping for breath Jesus has to ability to save you, and heal you, and prosper you. It doesn’t matter what’s happened to your dreams. As long as you have Jesus there’s no need to be afraid.