Bad News

A ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, earnestly implores Jesus to come heal his daughter who is near death (Mark 5:21-43). As a crowd of people moves along with Jesus and Jairus, the group is delayed. A woman touches Jesus and power goes from Him. He stops to affirm her healing and faith. While Jesus is speaking these words of comfort to the woman, bad news is delivered from Jairuses’ household. “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”

I wonder if Jairus asked “What if…” When bad news comes it is so human to ask, “What if I had sought Jesus earlier?” “What if Jesus hadn’t stopped to talk to that woman?” I think of Mary and Martha who believed that “If” Jesus had been there Lazarus would not have died (John 11:22,32).

The questions we ask set our minds on a path. The question,”Why me?” or “What if…?” drive thinking in a different direction than, “Lord, what do you want me to see about You? to learn? to pray? to do? to become?”

The questions we ask are important. What questions are you asking?

Live the mystery.



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