"Jesus will not be hurried. As he's standing there and talking with the woman [who just reached out to touch Jesus to be healed from her bleeding for twelve years], the thing that Jarius feared all along happens:
While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jarius, the synagogue ruler: 'Your daughter is dead,' they said. 'Why bother the teacher anymore?' (Mark 5:35)Imagine how Jarius feels about Jesus at that moment. But Jesus looks at him calmly and,
Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, 'Don't be afraid; just believe.' (Mark 5:36)In essence, Jesus says to Jarius, Trust me. Be patient. There's no need to hurry . . .
" . . . because of the delay both Jarius and the woman get far more than they ask for. Beware that when you go to Jesus for help, you will both give to and get from him far more than you bargained for. Be patient, because the deal often doesn't work out the way you expected . . .
"If you go to Jesus, he may ask of you far more than you originally planned to give, but he can give to you infinitely more that you dared ask or think.
" . . . Are you trying to hurry Jesus? Are you impatient with the waiting? Let Him take you by the hand, let Him do what He wants to do. He loves you completely. He knows what He's doing. Soon it will be time to wake up.
"Let us be conformed to his patience, that we might be made partakers of the resurrection."
~ Timothy Keller, 'King's Cross'
"Help [my] unbelief, O God, give me greater patience in my hope, and make me more constant in my love. In loving let me believe and in believing let me love; and in loving and in believing let me hope for a more perfect love and a more unwavering faith, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen."
~John Baillie, 'A Diary of Private Prayer'