When Dreams Are Delayed

When Dreams Are Delayed
February 9, 2019

It is nearing the middle of February, and I am nowhere near getting to my goals and desires I had written the start of this year. In fact, there was something earlier this week that was more discouraging than it was encouraging although it was good for the other person. Five couples married in 2016, one couple had a child two years ago, another had a child last year, and the third had a child earlier this week. For some unknown reason my dream to become a dad has not yet happened.

There is a passage in Paul’s letter to the church at Rome that is sometimes difficult to live out. The New Living Century translation states it this way, to be happy with those who are happy. (Romans 15:15) This is so hard to do when it feels like everyone else is being blessed. It is easy to be happy for those who are happy when we are at a place in our lives when everything seems positive and all that we are doing is fruitful.

Earlier this week I came to a passage in the Gospel of Mark:
21 When Jesus went in the boat back to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him there.  22 A leader of the synagogue, named Jairus, came there, saw Jesus, and fell at his feet.  23 He begged Jesus, saying again and again, “My daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so she will be healed and will live.”  24 So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed Jesus and pushed very close around him.  25 Among them was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years.  26 She had suffered very much from many doctors and had spent all the money she had, but instead of improving, she was getting worse.  27 When the woman heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his coat.  28 She thought, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”  29 Instantly her bleeding stopped, and she felt in her body that she was healed from her disease.
30 At once Jesus felt power go out from him. So he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 His followers said, “Look at how many people are pushing against you! And you ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus continued looking around to see who had touched him.  33 The woman, knowing that she was healed, came and fell at Jesus’ feet. Shaking with fear, she told him the whole truth.  34 Jesus said to her, “Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace; be healed of your disease.”
35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of the synagogue leader. They said, “Your daughter is dead. There is no need to bother the teacher anymore.”
36 But Jesus paid no attention to what they said. He told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
37 Jesus let only Peter, James, and John the brother of James go with him.  38 When they came to the house of the synagogue leader, Jesus found many people there making lots of noise and crying loudly.  39 Jesus entered the house and said to them, “Why are you crying and making so much noise? The child is not dead, only asleep.”  40 But they laughed at him. So, after throwing them out of the house, Jesus took the child’s father and mother and his three followers into the room where the child was.  41 Taking hold of the girl’s hand, he said to her, “Talitha, koum!” (This means, “Young girl, I tell you to stand up!”)  42 At once the girl stood right up and began walking. (She was twelve years old.) Everyone was completely amazed.  43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell people about this. Then he told them to give the girl something to eat. (Mark 5:21-43)

Jairus experienced what it was like for his miracle to be delayed. He faced discouragement and a crisis in his faith in God, so much to the point where Jesus said to him, to not be afraid, just believe. What happened to the women with the issue of blood was incredible, a great healing, it is a moment to be happy for her, but I am not sure if Jairus was happy for her, he might have been and probably was thinking about his daughter.

It is in our moments of doubt and discouragement when Jesus says to us, do not be afraid, just believe and trust in Him. Jairus asked that his daughter be healed, but Jesus had in mind something so much bigger. Jairus daughter went from death to life. I think Jairus was never the same after his encounter with Jesus.

Father in heaven, sometimes we struggle with delayed dreams, even when they are good desires. We do not always understand why there are delays. Please help us in those moments to continue to trust You and continue to work towards the things You want us to do. Help us to recognize that You are at work even when we do not see it.