AFTERNOON MEDITATIONS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
Mark 5:22-43 (entire story)
"And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and besought him greatly, saying, my little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and many people followed him and thronged him. And a certain woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment."
Sudden interruptions that are not welcomed, can make us very upset! We have our day planned out to the tee and something comes along and totally trashes it. We are now really upset, angry and frustrated.
Think about how Jairus felt. His daughter was sick unto death, and he came to the Lord for His help. As the Lord was going with Jairus, He was interrupted by a woman who touched the hem of His garment. That got Jesus' attention and He stopped to find out who it was that touched Him. Jairus is standing there with the anxiety of his daughter's life being on the line, and Jesus stops in the midst of an incredible crowd to find out who touched Him? Are you serious? Not only that, but Jesus also stopped to hear the woman's problem and He healed her.
While Jesus deals with the woman with the issue of blood, Jairus is told, too late, your daughter died. Oh no! What pain, what disappointment, what grief! Ah...but Jesus' heard what was said and He brings comfort and peace with hope to Jairus! Long story short, Jesus goes to the house, and raises the 12-year-old daughter of Jairus, from the dead!
That divine interruption in Jairus' case, was powerful! He came to Jesus to get his daughter healed, but instead, she is raised from the dead. What he may have thought to be an obstacle (woman with the issue of blood taking Jesus' time), turned out to be a divine opportunity!
No doubt, Jairus knew the Lord as a healer, but now, he knows Him as the all-powerful one who can speak life back into a once dead body! His faith is now increased drastically compared to what it was when his daughter was alive. The Lord had this divine interruption take place so that Jairus would get to another rung on the ladder of spiritual growth! Also, all those who knew his 12-year-old daughter had died, would now have the opportunity to place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ! This interruption went way beyond Jairus' need!
How often, when our day or set of events is interrupted with an unwelcome intrusion, we get 'pissed', so to speak. Been there, done that. I have learned that all things work together for my good (Rom 8:28). I have learned that God's agenda comes before mine.
There are things that God is trying to do in each one of our lives. He is more concerned with getting us to the next step or rung on the ladder of spiritual growth. He is more interested in us being drawn just a little bit closer to Him. So, He offers these divine interruptions to give us the opportunity to see him in a more powerful way.
Sometimes these interruptions are God's way of getting our attention. Perhaps we haven't been praying and reading or connecting with Him in our hearts. Maybe we are following from a far off, like Peter, or we are just spiritually stagnated.
Instead of seeing an interruption to your day and plans as a negative thing, try to see it as a divine interruption with a godly opportunity attached. Even if you can't figure out why God allowed it, just know, it was necessary and perhaps at a later date He will give you a glimpse into what He was doing.