We recently celebrated Christmas. This is the season which often is referred to as the most wonderful time of the year. For me it really is. It’s a season of celebration- a time to pause, take a break, to spend time with loved ones.
Most importantly, it is a season of rejoicing because hope was gifted to the human race. Some people learn of the birth of Christ, while others remember His birth during this time. Praise God salvation came to earth! Now every person has an opportunity for reconciliation with God.
After the Christmas season and celebratory time, the world rolls on. In a few months we will commemorate the death, burial, and resurrection of this same Jesus Christ.
Jesus lived on this earth as a man for about thirty three years. He did numerous things during that time. He learned, he matured, he taught, he discipled, he delivered people from bondage, he healed the sick, he even revived his friend Lazarus. Much of Christ’s work is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
In the book of Mark chapter 5 verses 21-43, we learn about several of Jesus’s miracles. Jesus travelled from place to place sharing about the kingdom of God. Everywhere he went, crowds, multitudes of people, encircled Him. People were looking for change. Some desperatly sought after Jesus. Finally, living amongst them, was a man who literally transformed lives. Jesus defied the status quo. His teachings and miraculous work engaged people from near and far, people from various walks of life. Because of this, many wished to be affiliated with the person of Jesus. Certainly many did not understand His mission but they nevertheless desired to associate themselves with him for a while.
In the same chapter (Mark 5), however, we realize that Jesus was asked to leave one place he visited. Jesus performed a miracle but the results were not convenient for some in the crowd. Their ill gotten money was gone and needless to say they were not happy with Jesus.
But there were still a number of people who trusted in and sought after Jesus. One woman came seeking Jesus as her last resort. She previously sought help everywhere possible. Her resources were depleted. It was in that point of her journey that Jesus became a viable option. This woman recognized the power in Jesus. She was afraid. But she was a woman of faith.
We then read in the Scripture a snippet of the journey of another person of faith.
A Jewish leader’s daughter was dying. This man came seeking help from Jesus.
Once again Jesus was this person’s last resort. This man had no where else to turn. But he had faith. Even when he was told his daughter died. Even when naysayers were around. He still maintained faith in God. This is the Jesus I am introducing you to or reminding you of today.
So I ask these reflective questions: Do you have faith in Jesus? Who is Jesus to you? Is he your first or your last option?
Beloved, are you panicked and moved by what you see or don’t see? Or do you possess peace knowing that this Jesus is your way maker?
Rest assured, God will sustain you. He knows exactly what you need and when you need it. Trust Him, He has determined your path and worked out every piece of your individual journey. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, lift your hands in surrender to Almighty God.
Dr. Reneé A. Foyou
Reneé loves to listen to, document, and share individual life stories. She is also very passionate about journeying with couples and individuals to relational wellness. Intercessory prayer is an integral part of her work. She enjoys teaching, speaking, counseling, coaching, mentoring, conducting research, and writing.
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