I hope You’re running
While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue officialâ€™s house arrived and said, â€œYour daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?â€ Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, â€œDo not be afraid; just have faith.â€
Thereâ€™ a little poem that goes:
God has perfect timing;
Never early, never late.
It takes a little
Patience and faith,
But itâ€™s worth the wait.
Our readings and gospel point to Godâ€™s perfect timing. In our Epistle from Second Corinthians, Paul appeals for charity toward the Church in Jerusalem.
The Christians at Jerusalem referred to themselves as “the poor.” They were completely dependent on God’s provision. Several factors may account for their poverty: After conversion to Christianity they would have been ostracized socially and economically; Persistent food shortages in Palestine culminated in the famine of A.D. 46; As the mother-church of Christendom, the Jerusalem church was obliged to support a large number of teachers and provided hospitality for Christian visitors; and Christians in Palestine were subject to a crippling Jewish and Roman taxation.
Yet, in the midst of all these factors, the Church faithful in Jerusalem acted in complete faith. They sold everything they had and gave to each other. They trusted in Godâ€™s timing, Godâ€™s provision. Their patience and faith were rewarded because Paul was out there raising funds. The Churches of Macedonia, Galatia, Asia, and Achaia contributed and sent delegations to bring their offerings.
The first woman we meet in the Gospel was afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years and suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors. Talk about patience. Yet despite all those trials and all that time, she approached Jesus with simple faith and was healed. Indeed, Jesus confirms: â€œDaughter, your faith has saved you.â€
The great culmination of this teaching on patience and trust comes when a father, Jairus, is presented with news that his daughter had died. He could have broken down, given up immediately â€“ â€˜Thanks Jesus, but You were too late.â€™ Rather, he listened to Jesus: â€œDo not be afraid; just have faith.â€
Jesusâ€™ timing is perfect. We know the rest, He arrives at the home and raises Jairusâ€™ daughter.
Remember that Jarius was â€˜running late.â€™ His daughter was at the point-of-death. We must remember this when weâ€™ve almost missed our proverbial flight/train/boat. Is it too late? Has God abandoned me and let all trouble fall upon me? No, He is faithful and always on-time.