The Pleading Ruler & His Dead Daughter


Jairus’ baby girl was dying. His only daughter, a 12 yr old apple of his eye, was struggling to sustain her life.  His only chance was to plead for someone to heal her, someone who had the ability.  This wasn’t easy considering Jairus was a well known leader/teacher in the community and didn’t normally need to plead to anyone for anything. This was different though, this was out of his reach..out of his control..out of his power. He loved this girl and was willing to do what it took to attain hope for his sweet one.
The pleading ruler went to Jesus, fell down…because that’s what pleading people do, and begged. But he was interrupted.

Another need arose that claimed the Healers attention and Dairus stay on the ground, assuming a posture of despair. While Jesus was finishing up healing the heart & body of women who had chronic bleeding, & explaining to her that faith was the key power agent in her healing, a man rushed over from Dairus’ house & told the ruler his daughter was dead.

In his most passionless solemn of voices, the man said, “don’t bother the teacher anymore…”  A big sigh, through tears and disappointment, he had came to Dairus to simply pick him up off the ground and tell him it was over.

Don’t bother seeking hope, don’t bother having faith, what’s done is done…and it is completely over.  There is nothing more to do.

This perked Jesus’ ears.

Jesus says two things to the pleading ruler.

#1. Don’t be scared
#2. Believe

So, Jesus most likely reached his hand out to the wretched man, helped him lift up his heavy load of a body, and walked with him to his home where the girl lay lifeless.

When they arrive at the man’s house Jesus tells everyone to stay outside except the girls mother & father and 3 of Jesus’ friends.  The 6 of them go in to the dead girl.

Here is a quick run down of what happens next:

All of them begin to cry.
Jesus tells them to stop it.
He says, “She is not dead, she is only sleeping.”
They begin to laugh at Jesus.
They start ridiculing him, all of them.
He makes them all go outside.
He grabs the little girls hand.
Jesus tells her to get up.
Her spirit returns to her.
She gets up.
She’s hungry and eats probably the best meal of her life.

End of story.

And there you have it… a great equation stuck right in the middle of Luke Chapter 8.


For thousands of years the Spirit of God has renewed the spirit of man.  As Jesus enters any situation, regardless of the degree of tragedy, He brings hope, life, peace, and sometimes a really good dinner.  It doesn’t matter what your past contains or how much despair lays right in front of you; Jesus can transform it into something that brings life! 

As the crowd laughs on at your faith, shut the door.  PUT THEM OUTSIDE!
Stand next to the bed and watch Jesus take the hand of something that’s overcome with death and call it into life.  Don’t miss the moment.  Don’t be cast outside with the unbelieving bunch; stay close to Jesus and watch His voice conquer all bondage and burden.

You can be the witness to what He’s been doing all along, through all of time…creating hope!
Whatever you are facing…set your pride aside and run to the Hope-Carrier, Dream-Maker, Life-Giver.
He is Jesus.


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Lessons in Mushroom Hunting

(A favorite post from my archives)

I went mushroom hunting the other day.

As I was putting on my boots, I imagined great success in gathering them all up and frying them with a touch of butter & salt in the skillet.

A few days ago we went with a group of our neighbors and scoured a huge woods in the the hopes of bringing home dinner.  As everyone started inching themselves along, I found myself alone and out of view of the others.  I started talking with God about the mushrooms…sounds goofy I know, but why not.

I was asking Him to highlight them to me so that I may be able to spot one.  Sure enough almost as soon as the thought left my mind, I spotted a big spike with a nice yellow stalk..standing so tall and proud.  You get so excited when you find one, maybe its because there are tons of foliage all around and so very few mushrooms.  Its like finding gold in a pit of mud, he just stood out & appeared so valuable.  I was hesitate to tell anyone I found any, for they all swarm so quickly in hopes that its a good patch.

I picked him up and carefully put him in my plastic sack, wanting him to stay nice and safe so I could show him off  later.  As I went to wander off in search of more, I heard a challenge in my mind to stay put and ask God again to highlight another.  I didn’t see the harm in it so again I asked the Lord, please show me another for I don’t know where they could be.

Sure enough another spike stood tall!

This time I thought that if I stood on the spot that He just showed me, and looked around, waiting… that maybe I could spot another.  One led to another led to another to another and soon I had large amount of mushrooms.  All along I was in conversation with God about how much it pleases me to find one in the midst of this forest community.

As I stooped to pick up a beautiful spike barely peeking out from underneath some leaves, I heard the verse….”Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  I listened as God showed me that life is very much like the “game” I was playing with Him in the woods.  Each choice is like a mushroom, if I ask Him which way to go, and listen..and sometimes wait…He Will show me the next step.  Each time I stand where He places me, He will highlight the way for the next spot.

Sometimes as I found one, I would see another just a bit off…and He would tell me, pick the one I showed you first then gather the next one.  Pick them in the order I show you.  He would tell me how important it was to take my eyes off the 2nd one until the first one was safely in the bag.  I could see how vital it was to pay close attention to the step I was on and to take care of that task first before looking ahead to what was waiting for me.  Once I was so excited about what I saw in the distance that I left the first one and practically tripped over my feet for the 2nd & 3rd one to find out that they wasn’t mushrooms at all, they were merely leaves mocking what I was looking for.  It caused me to fail the step I was supposed to be on..only to be deceived into grabbing for something that was not what it seemed.

My last spot of the day had me waiting for quite a while for the next “pick”
I kept asking, please highlight it to me…and I would wait. I saw some downed logs nearby and thought that it looked like the perfect area for molds to grow so I tromped over there knowing the small voice in my mind said to remain where I was.  Ignoring my instinct, I rushed over and searched rapidly for a quick peek.  After several minutes and no avail, I remembered a lesson I have learned many times before and that is “If you don’t know where God wants you to be, go to the last place He put you…and wait.”  I humbly walked back seeking for the exact spot I found my last pick…as I knew I couldn’t find it & that the sun was going down, I decided to call it quits.

As we walked out of the woods I was thankful for what I just learned.

The next morning I went to the Dr. and was told our baby’s chromosome testing had came back.  She was a healthy girl…but we would never know her this side of heaven.

Heavy information…my mind fluttered of images that played out inside my head.
What our lives could of looked like…
What she would have looked like…
What her voice would of sounded like…
How happy Ilana would of been to have a baby sister…
How even more empty the nursery is, now that I know she is a girl…

The burden is so hard to bear.  I cried to God…what should I do, how can I stop this from happening again..why is my body rejecting my own children???

I stood on that spot of questions and waited, and because of the teachings from the day before, I know that it’s best for me to remain here til He highlights my next “pick”.

 Where should I go Lord…What should we do…We are waiting on You.

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