Have you ever felt like maybe your issues are just too small, too insignificant, too mundane to bring before The Lord in the day and age of natural disasters, world hunger and genocide??? Eek!!! Have you ever taken to the thought that He has more serious things to deal with? Like Isis? Surly, He has bigger fish to fry, then; my attitude, my depression, my jealousy, my chronic pain, my budget. I am just a wallflower, whose issues blend in to everyday life just as much as I do.
I would like to take a look at Mark 5:21-43. It is here that we read about Jairus, a Synagogue Official, who catches Jesus fresh off the boat beseeching Him to come and heal his 12 year old daughter who happens to be on her death bed, literally. Jesus agrees and begins to go with Jairus to his house. While they are in route, a crowd begins to take form, as usually does when Jesus goes anywhere. It is here that a woman with a twelve year, “issue of blood” (yep, you read that right! A twelve year period that never ends!) tells herself that if she can just touch even the hem of Jesus’ clothes this issue that has left her in pain, alone and poor, will be healed. What faith!!! But wait… did you forget?!?! Jesus is already on His way somewhere. Remember the dying little girl?!?! Surely her dying issue is more important than this woman and her bleeding issue, right??? And it is here in Mark 5 that our Savior lays it out for all of us with issues (because lets be real, we’ve all got them, some more than Vogue.) that no one issue is more important, or worth His time then another. Jesus having felt the power go out of Him stops to ask who touched Him. This isn’t even a walking conversation. He stopped to give her His full attention. The disciples are like, “Seriously?!?! Do you not see this massive mosh pit of people?!?! It could have been anyone.” But Jesus still waited, without rushing a response. He looked around to see who it was. The woman fell before Him confessing what she had done. Jesus spoke to her telling her that her faith made all the difference and that she could go forth whole. Lets take a look at this a little deeper… She had to step out on faith, she had to be honest and confess the whole truth of her issue and what she had done. I truly believe that faith requires honesty. We have to be real. Be honest. Be genuine. I believe we have to confess often to be able to hear His kind, healing words.
Can you imagine for just a moment, this woman who has been the black sheep, never accepted by society, doesn’t fit in, is always the outcast and she is made whole? She spent her life savings trying to fix her issue, and instead of healing, it only got worse. She tried to make her situation better with all of her means. But in the end it was only Jesus who could heal her. I think it is quite remarkable that even though He is on His way to see a dying little girl that He stops and takes the time to speak wholeness into this woman’s life. How full of joy she must have felt after having been an outcast for over a decade. Can you relate to this woman? Do you know what it is to be cast as a bench warmer but never allowed in the game? Do you know what it is to never fit in? Can you imagine how amazing she felt after not only being healed of her aliment but then Jesus stopped and spoke to her?!?! The dying little girl doesn’t trump the woman and her issue. In fact, Jesus calls them both His daughters. Do we need more proof that there is no one issue/need greater than another?!?!
Have you ever heard or even said the phrase “Don’t sweat the small stuff” ? Yea, me too. While I understand the principle of not getting upset over the small stuff or what seems to be insignificant things….. it is those everyday small things that make up life. For example, during our first two deployments communication came about every 2 to 3 weeks in the form of a 20 minute phone call that would hang up on you regardless of weather or not you were finished. I can remember like it was yesterday, I would carry around a small Mead notebook and write down the big, notable, things that happened, the ones I didn’t want to forget to share. Then when he would call it was a race to rattle off as many pages of milestone memories, emergency expenses, POA necessary issues as I possibly could in 20 minutes. Then when he came home, there was this giant gap. You know the conversations that sounded like “since when? I didn’t know he could… When did that change?” It didn’t really dawn on me until deployment #3, where communication improved to every few days, with Skype and phone calls, that weren’t as strictly timed, what caused that gap. It was the lack of the everyday small stuff. The silly mundane where details rarely change and if they do, its not by much. Sharing these things that are easily over looked are what make our relationships so close.
If this is truly the case with our relationships here, on earth, then why wouldn’t it be the case with God? We (me included) walk around wondering what we can do to feel closer to Him, yet we only bring him our ‘dying little girl’ scenarios and often forget to stop and share our mundane, daily issues. Think about the relationship you have with your best friend, be it your husband or a best girlfriend. What makes you so close is the sharing. Not only of the of the difficult and ugly, but of the good stuff too. The stuff that turns into inside jokes. The stuff that shows our growth and maturity no matter how painful. However, if the amount of sharing lessens, for whatever reason, then the relationship begins to feel distant and over time can bring the depth of sharing to much more superficial, emergency type things. Dying girl scenarios instead of daily issues. If this is how we work and we are created in His image, then shouldn’t we be sharing with Him the issues of our lives… the good, the bad and the ugly? The everyday issues count. God wants us to come to Him with all of it!!! You, much like the ladies in our passage of scripture today, are also His daughter and He loves you! Allow Him to draw you near and love on you. Let Him make you whole. Don’t drift apart because you feel like your issues aren’t worth bringing before The Lord.