35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why still annoy the teacher?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid, just trust me.” 37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw an uproar, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you disturbed and weep? The child is not dead but sleeps.”
guidance through the dark times
Facing the untimely death or terminal illness of a loved one can kill you on the inside. The pain and sense of betrayal is so deep that there never is a full recovery. The word of God can guide us through those dark times. Take, for example, the lessons Jairus learned that day from Jesus.
During such times, Jesus calls us not to fear, but to trust him. He does not explain everything that is going on. He knows that we feel life has not been fair, but he is in no hurry to change our minds. He takes our hand and walks with into the room.
During such times, Jesus reminds us that death is merely a sleep – a sleep from which everyone will awake at the sound of his voice. Jairus’ daughter is a sign for us all. Our Saviour loves us, and he will bring us back from that sleep.
LORD, thank you for your words of calm assurance that we can hold on to when we face the horrible realities of life.