What to do in impossible situations
By Mario Murillo
A father sits helplessly beside his terminally ill daughter. She pitifully wheezes out her last breathes, he struggles to comfort her and to prepare her for the frightening moment of death.
Suddenly, he hears the faint sound of people rejoicing and glorifying God. This sound bounced off of many buildings and carried down several streets before it found its way to his house. At first, it hit like a cruel joke that only seemed to mock and intensify his pain, but soon it touches him with a strange hope.
A spark of faith began to grow in him that was not of this world. But it would involve an act of courage that is unimaginable.
Consider the consequences: He is a Temple leader and the official position of the leadership is that Jesus is a rogue prophet. His daughter’s last image of him would be of him abandoning her. His wife would never forgive him. In one act he would lose his daughter, his wife, and his career and live in shame for the rest of his life.
Consider the daunting task before him. He must race to Jesus who is far away. He must crush his way through the massive throng of people pressing to get to the Lord. He must convince the Master to come all the way back to his house. All of this must happen while the little girl still clings to life.
Here is the next moment right from Scripture: Mark 5:22-24, “And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 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.’ 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.”
So here is the lesson:
- Let the spark of faith carry you in a whole new direction. Could it be that some of the stories we hear about how God did not work was simply a case of God being ignored because people were so bound to convention and overcome by care?
It is time to get a new definition of what is possible. Whatever got inside of Jairus opened his soul to possibilities he did not know existed. You have options in your crisis that you cannot know until you present to God a completely open soul. At the end of yourself is where God begins.
I know that you have prayed earnestly for a breakthrough! I know that you have cried out to God with all of your heart. The danger is not with your sincerity but perhaps with a misplaced sense of decency. If Jairus had not gone to Jesus and his daughter would have died, no one but Jairus would have known about the miracle he missed. Who could have blamed him? He could have hidden his faith in a shroud of decency.
The Bible describes Zacharias the priest, the father of John the Baptist, as a “righteous man, walking in all the commandments blameless.” Yet, he was unable to believe the Angel who told him his wife Elizabeth would bare a son in old age. Jairus and Zacharias were both good men. The difference was that Jairus was willing to do something totally outside his experience if it might save his daughter! That is what I am asking you to do!
He will impart something in you that is completely outside of your frame of reference. But are you willing to take such radical steps? Are you willing to entertain guidance from God that is utterly out of the blue?
There is no doubt that some tragedies will go unexplained until we are in heaven. I am the last person on earth who would add pain to anyone’s loss by blaming them for anything. What I am saying and more to the point, what Jairus’ testimony is saying is — that the force of faith is stronger than we think. It is worth it to keep fighting and welcome options from Jesus even after all hope is gone because your God will make a way where there is no way.
In an instant, by the bed of his dying daughter, Jairus received revelation that told him: who Jesus really was, what it meant that He was nearby, and that “I must run to Him right now and my daughter will be healed.
2. Run to Jesus. Of course we all believe that we are trusting Jesus with our problems, but take another look. What is this man actually doing? He is leaving everything!
In an instant, by the bed of his dying daughter, Jairus received revelation that told him: who Jesus really was, what it meant that He was nearby, and that “I must run to Him right now and my daughter will be healed.”
If your situation is as hopeless as you say then it should be no problem for you to drop everything and run to Christ with total abandon. If you are entertaining even a speck of hope in a natural solution then you will have a double mind that will hinder you from receiving from Jesus. This is not a physical running necessarily but a revolution in your intercession. You may find yourself utterly cut off from everyone and totally lost in prayer for an indeterminate length of time.
3. Fear not but only believe. Our story continues in Mark 5:35, “While He was still speaking,some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” The coldest hand in history touched this father’s shoulder and gave him the worst possible news ever. His worst, most horrifying fear was realized!
Jesus instantly stepped in to stop the despair. Verse 36 says, “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe!”
Fear is the real enemy! It is not your crisis that is the real danger; it is your fear of the crisis. It is the dreadful expectations, the images of disaster that eat at your hope.
Only believe! I know that when Jesus gave this order it spoke life into Jairus as surely as when Jesus spoke life into Lazarus. Suddenly it hit him that to God the miracle of raising the dead takes no more power than healing a fever! He marched triumphantly back to his home, only this time Jesus is coming with him!
Do you know who you believe in? Paul said in Philippians, “I know in whom I have believed.” Beloved, you must not forget how much God loves you! You must never feel abandoned or forsaken. You are marching toward a miracle!
This is how your story ends: Verse 39 “When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” 40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.”
The next chapter of your life is not defeat, poverty or death but great amazement!
Who is Jesus? He is the master of the impossible! This quote by Peter Larson sums it all up, “The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb”. Jesus entered our world through a door marked, “No Entrance” and left through a door marked “No Exit.”
Here are the familiar words of FDR but in a new light, “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
That last part about how fear “paralyzes needed efforts to turn retreat into advance” is what this letter is all about. Look at America right now. Something has frozen us with fear so that we accept a dark new era of dead dreams, filled with empty souls who look the same, act the same, and robotically accept defeat.
You know what to do. Obey that spark of guidance, run to Jesus, make room for the Master to work and follow instructions. He will create a new ending to the story.