In the hustle of fulfilling the mommy, wife and small business owner demands of the last few weeks, I was beginning to feel taken-over by the load of what were actually tremendous blessings. Whether highs or lows, life can feel just flat-out overwhelming sometimes.
When this happens to me, I can tend to want to shut down. I start to feel over fatigued and want to sleep for hours on end (like that's going to help, EVER). I have battled depression at times in my life and as a result I am very aware of the symptoms that creep up during times of stress - for me it's fatigue and helplessness. One thing that has always spoken to me in these times is Mark 5:41.
Mark 5:21-24; 35-42 (NIV)
Jesus Raises a Dead Girl
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.
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 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.
To be reminded every day that Jesus calls me to 'get up' to new life, to serve His kingdom, to testify to His immeasurable love, and be embraced by His unwavering grace. To leave behind the dead parts of myself (shame, fear, doubt, selfishness, greed, etc.) and trust in Him to give me abundant life.
That is what 'Talitha koum' speaks to me. Jesus has raised this dead girl back to life. He meets me where I am and breathes new life into my heart. He calls me forward; knowing my weaknesses, loving me in my brokenness, and carrying me through all circumstances. He calls me His 'little girl' and He calls me to new life.
This necklace will be released next month as part of the Z|W daily disciple series. I hope it speaks to many of you in the same encouraging way His word inspired it.