by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015
Easy does it. Are you in a rush? Is there more to be done than time to do it? Stop. Pause. Breathe. Listen. Yes, there will always be more to be done than time to do it. Such is life. However, what does our Lord want you to do? Jesus never rushed anywhere. He stayed perfectly in Father’s will only doing what the Father told Him to do. In this way, by setting a side His own will, His life was a perfect reflection of Father. We could see Father in it—in Him!
We will never be the perfect reflection of Father God. But we are to be followers of Jesus, thus setting aside our own will to do the will of God (empowered then by Him for His effect) that others might get a glimpse of Him through us.
And….Jesus never rushed anywhere. He never ran to get there faster. He walked.
Consider when He received word that Jairus’ daughter was dying and chose to accompany Jairus to go to her in order to heal her. In the intense urgency of the moment, Jesus stopped to deal with the woman who had had a problem with bleeding for 12 years. He did not say, “I’ll be back. Wait for me here.”, or “Not today. Try me another time.” He did not dismiss her or only give her a trite greeting. He was present to her in the most formidable, transformative way! While he was present to her word came that it was too late. Jairus’ daughter was already dead. However, Jesus had been in the Lord’s will not to rush and in Father’s will not to make it to Jairus’ daughter seemingly in time. The purpose of the miracles of Jesus was to reveal God the Father and the coming of the already-here, but not-yet-fully-manifested Kingdom of God. The will of Father was for the greater temporal miracle of raising her from the dead.
Jesus did not get caught up in hectic. He did not run to get there faster or get more done. He simply did what the Father told Him to do and He was only in ministry 3 short years. Yet….according to what Father wanted, Jesus completely finished the work. He came with a global ministry. He never left the Middle East. He never even fully travelled around the Middle East. None of us would dispute that Father’s work was accomplished.
Hmmmm….We are to be followers of Jesus, so what about us? On the streaming, seemingly unending list of to do’s, He knows what you actually need to do in what order because He knows the actual consequences of each and what He wants to accomplish through it. No one else does. There is only One who knows the future and so He knows the present and where your priorities need to be for His glory manifesting in your life.
Dare to listen interiorly for His soft, quiet, gentle voice. Dare to trust and obey, doing the step HE lays before you in this moment, letting the rest go—for now. He may bring it back as a task for later.
Come to rest in His enough. Receive the peace, contentment and unabashed wonder of simply doing that which He lays on your heart as He does so. His plan is perfectly enough.
” For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” (John 6:38 NIV)
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
36 Overhearing[c] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat (Mark 5:21-43 NIV)
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