“The girl is not dead but asleep.”
A ruler had come to Jesus with the news that his daughter had just died. When Jesus reached his house he told the crowd that she was not dead but asleep. They laughed at Him because they knew she was dead. However to Jesus, with the power available to Him, it was no greater challenge than if she was asleep. Accordingly He took her by the hand and raised her up.
For many of us aspects of our lives may seem to have died. Hopes, love, opportunities, relationships, skills, self-respect, social standing, and health are just some of them. Each one of us will know of others. Like the crowd around the little girl we may think that it is now too late for anything to change and for any improvement to enter our lives.
However with God this is not true. Wherever we find Jesus in the Gospels we see Him reaching out to someone. He is always inviting them to get up and have another go at life, this time with Him. For each one of us He has a plan and a purpose, wherever and however we are,
• “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
• “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31)
• “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green” (Psalm 92:14)
We need to remind ourselves that our life and purpose is not found and fulfilled by the world. The things of the world, and even those closest to us, will not result in true and lasting peace. They may give us great joy and great pain but they will not bring us the fulfillment and meaning that we crave. That comes only from the Lord. He is our Life. In Him is our Living. And He is the One Who can lift us up again when the darkness of the world has closed around us.
We can indeed find Life, Love and Comfort, in whatever situation we happen to be, for even now He is reaching out to us.
Keep your focus on Him. Keep talking to Him. Keep in His Word.
Lord Jesus, please come to me now, reach out to me with that scarred hand of love, help me up again and lead me forward, with You always. Amen.