Where The Action Is At
He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John…They came to the house of the synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.”. They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was…”Little girl I say to you, get up.”. Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. Mark 5:37-42
Who gets to be in the room for the miracle? Who gets to be with Jesus where the actions at? Not the religious nor the professional mourner. Not the mocker nor the proud. No, it turns out when Jesus is about to do something big He is choosy about who He lets in the room. He wasn’t looking for the perfect, just the committed. Now everyone else thought that Jesus needed to be committed to an asylum at the statement that this girl was not dead, but sleeping. They had already pronounced the outcome and decided on the time of death. Thankfully the times and seasons are not in our hands, but His. The parents hadn’t given up, the three disciples hadn’t given up, because Jesus was just getting started!
Am I laughing at Jesus or leaning on Him? Am I making a commotion swept away by emotion? Am I committing to His beginning rather then my ending? Is Jesus inviting me to accompany Him to be in the middle of the miracle? Is Jesus giving me the boot because I doubt what He’s about to do? People often ask me how I know when to pray for healing and when to let it go. I have learned to expect and contend for healing until God decides to take them home. Even then, we serve a resurrection God who may just call me to keep praying. Is that laughable? Sure. Is it probable that I could witness a resurrection? Well, other Christians around the world are witnessing these realities, but apparently we in America are too professional to believe for the impossible. Therefore, many churches and Christians in America are standing outside looking in just like the professional mourners and religious fuss makers. I don’t want to be out here. I don’t want to just hear about God moving overseas I want to see Him moving here! I want to be in the place where the action is! I don’t want to pronounce a sentence of death over a marriage God is saying is still alive! I don’t want to give up on reconciliation between parent and child when Jesus is just getting started. I dont want to substitute religious talk for Holy Spirit power! I don’t want to serve in the church on the fringes of society upholding the traditions of an ancient relic that no longer applies! I want to be where Jesus is! In the thick of it, the muck of it, the impossible insurmountable challenge of it so I can witness first hand what He does! That’s where I belong. That’s where the church belongs. That’s why we belong in the room right next to Jesus as He does what Jesus does!
In tears this morning I thank You for this story that has revived my soul in places in my life where I have given up. What I have called a dead end You have called a new beginning! I want to be with You in the action. Instead of laughing at Your preposterous claims I want to lean in on Your everlasting Name at which everything changes! I say with Isaiah 6:8- “Here I Am”! I want to be in on this with You!