Years ago God impressed upon me to look at scriptures where different
parents cried out on behalf of their children in prayer during desperate
situations. At the time I was worrying (yes, worrying) about one of my five
children, and wanted to trust and entrust this one into the hands of a very
capable God. I needed to enter that rest the Bible speaks about in the book
of Hebrews, Chapter 4. Fear and unbelief kept God’s people from entering
that rest, and my faith was at an all-time low as my eyes were fixed on the
circumstances of my worry.
There are always concerns we have as parents for our children whether they
are big or small. Philippians 4:6-8 is for us all. “Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving, let your
requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is
anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Here we are commanded
not to worry and given instruction on what to do when we are tempted to
worry. The scriptures tell us to come to God in prayer, thanking Him for all
He is and making our needs known. The exchange takes place – our worries for
His peace which surpasses our natural understanding of things. He then
instructs us on how to keep that peace by meditating and focusing our
thoughts on things that are good.
One of the stories I studied was in Mark 5:21-43. Jairus, a desperate dad,
cries out for his daughter’s healing. There is a “divine delay” as Jesus
accompanies Jairus to heal his daughter. That delay included healing a woman
who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. Perhaps during that delay Jesus was
building faith not only for Jairus, but also the disciples who would
surround Him around Jairus’ daughter later that day.
Sometimes there are divine delays as we believe God for an answer that seems
slow in coming. It’s during these divine delays that our faith is
strengthened as well. During this delay, Jairus’ daughter dies and all looks
hopeless. Jesus’ words, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” It’s important to
have faith in the midst of crisis. Jesus performs a miracle; Jairus’
daughter is raised from the dead revealing His power over both sickness and
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His words to us remain, “Do
not be afraid; only believe”, just as he said to Jairus. His resurrection
power continues to be available to us today. What is your desperate
situation? Let us allow faith to fill our hearts to believe the impossible
as we cry out, “Lord I believe; help my unbelief!”
Elizabeth recently finished her first book, “Life Lessons From My Papa”. This book is a caregiver’s devotional based on the lessons she learned while taking care of her blind, diabetic father.