Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Overwhelmed by grief is probably what these parents are feeling. It is not easy to see a child die. The experience is consistent with all, seeing your child die is not easy to bear. No parent should burry their child is a phrase that rings all too true. Yet here we are. Parents who are about to lose a child then a miracle arrives. A teacher who could heal the sick is coming. Someone who can make things right again, is here. However, on his way over, their daughter dies. All hope is lost. Surely no one can raise anyone from the dead. There is a difference between healing and a resurrection. But nonetheless, what does the teacher say? Jesus utters those famous words, “don’t be afraid, just believe.” These words he tells them to his disciples, his followers, and now a family who witnessed the unthinkable. Seriously, who could conquer death?
Now having the benefit of knowing the ending a few sentences later, we know that Jesus rose the child form the dead. No doubt a miracle, but what we often forget is that those times in-between the lines. The lines of death to risen. The time of utter doubt and hopelessness. A time of no hope and no where to go. That is where we must really sit and see, to trust God in such a time where it seems all but lost. To trust in God where it seems that nothing will happen. A time where God seems like he is not there. He calls us to not be afraid, not to fear, and to just believe.
Oh Lord that is someplace we cannot live sometimes, in-between the lines is not a place of ease. It is a place where we fear, and where we doubt. Give us to courage to seek you and to trust you when you say to don’t be afraid, and just believe.