It's about the story of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue whose daughter was at the point of death. He knew that Jesus would be able to heal her, and so he sought Him out.
And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live” (Luke 5:22-23).
But Jairus had a problem. Jesus was surrounded by throngs and crowds of people. They had to fight their way through the masses to make any forward progress. If I were in Jairus' shoes, it would have taken all the self control I had not to scream at these people to move out of the way.
This is the moment when the woman with the issue of blood fought her way through the crowds to touch the hem of Jesus' garment. The Bible tells us that as soon as she did this, she was made whole. She got an instant healing! Jesus knew what had happened. He knew that she'd received her miracle, that His power had healed her. But he still took the time to stop, to look for her, and to talk to her about what had just happened.
Meanwhile, as Jesus was conversing with a woman who'd already received her miracle, there was still a little girl lying in a bed not far away whose life was slowly draining out of her. So the question that has been rolling through my mind is this - in that moment, with that little girl's life on the line - how insensitive did Jesus appear in Jairus' eyes?
Sometimes we go to Jesus in desperation, needing a miracle that only He can provide. We fall to our knees, crying, maybe even shouting. We beg and we plead for an answer, for a breakthrough, for a healing ... and then nothing happens. The situation doesn't get better. Deadlines inch ever-closer. We watch the lives of our loved ones ebbing away. And we wonder why God hasn't shown up, why He didn't see the urgency of our prayer, why He won't just give us an answer already!
The most incredible thing about this whole story to me (you can read the whole thing in Luke 5) is that Jesus let that little girl die. He LET HER DIE! He could have healed her with a word when Jairus first approached. He could have healed her at any time along his journey to Jairus' house. He could have made the effort to get there on time. But He did none of those things. And by the time they arrived at Jairus' home, it was "too late." The girl was dead.
But the thing is that with God there's no such thing as too late. Even when it's over. Even when you've failed. Even when death has come, the door has closed, and all hope is lost, nothing is over. Jesus always has the final word, and He can take the things that are dead and bring them back to life. He can take the things that are broken beyond repair, and He can restore them.
Jesus ended up raising Jairus' daughter from the dead. It was one of the most powerful miracles that we could imagine witnessing, and it happened after things had gotten so bad that they seemed impossible to mend. That's when God stepped in, intervened, and gave him exactly what he had looking for. So if you're going through a hard time and you can't understand why God hasn't shown up for you yet, let Jairus' story encourage you. Don't give up on Jesus. Don't let go of your faith. No matter how bad it has gotten, it is not too late for God.
We do not serve an insensitive God. He sees our pain. He recognizes our afflictions. He has not forgotten us, nor has He abandoned us. He will answer ... He will always answer. It might not look the way that we expect it to look. It might not come "on time". We might see our situations get worse before He intervenes. In fact, it might look as if the whole thing has crumbled down around our ears! But God is still there. He is still all-powerful. And He is still faithful to restore, heal, and bring back to life the things that mean so much to us.