PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 9:18-26
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.” (Matthew 9:24)
The synagogue leader and the woman believed Jesus to reach out to Him for help.
The crowds were so focused on death, they could not see the hope of life.
They laughed at the prospect of hope, they laughed at Jesus.
I get this… sickness and death are all to real and seem so final.
I’ve prayed for people to get well, I’ve prayed for dead people to revive… nothing.
All the evidence points to despair, not hope, to death having the last laugh.
But for some reason, I refuse to give up, I refuse to let go.
Like the leader and the woman, I still reach for Jesus, hope keeps me hanging on.
People may laugh at us for choosing hope (laughing at our ‘delusion’).
But I will keep looking up to hope rather than despair, to life rather than death.
This doesn’t mean I won’t weep; but it does mean I won’t laugh at hope.
Hope will one day turn to joy, which will lead to the laughter of joy.
The leader and the woman did not let the tears drown out hope… will you?
“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)
Lord, though sickness and death still seem so ultimate, I will keep praying, waiting and hoping. May those in the grip of sorrow look up and see Your smiling face, and find hope.