movingmountains-andfollowingcats asked a question:
Hey Pastor Park, what are some Bible stories (not just short verses) that talk about waiting patiently when it seems like God’s promises are taking forever? And, what are some stories to read for when you feel lonely? Thank you!! 🙂 (by the way, I love all of the answers you give when people ask questions.. sometimes I have the same questions and your answers are totally wonderful! Thank you for everything!)
Hey my friend, thank you so much for your kindness. Here goes one of my favorite stories of waiting. My other advice to you is to check out Acts 12, Genesis 37 and 39-50, and the story of David from 1st and 2nd Samuel. And about loneliness, please check here.
Mark 5. A synagogue leader (a local pastor) named Jairus approaches Jesus and his entourage. Jairus has a sick daughter who’s nearly dead, and Jairus knows Jesus can blow it up. They travel together through a crowd, but at this point Jesus is a rockstar and there are masses of people pushing and bumping and moshing to get to him.
One of them is a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She’s tried doctor after doctor and probably herbal tea and a vegan diet and kale, but nothing has worked. She grabs at Jesus in hopes that he will heal her.
Suddenly, Jesus stops. He says, “Who touched me?” Now in a crowd like this, it’s a ridiculous question. Probably Jairus and the disciples were like, “Yo master, there’s an almost dead-girl, we gotta go.” The bleeding lady is on the ground gripping Jesus’s robe and she’s been healed. For the first time in twelve years, she doesn’t feel the life draining out of her. She tells Jesus it was her, she had grabbed him. He tells her, so tenderly, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” By the way, I teared up again just reading this passage.
When Jesus and the J-posse get to Jairus’s crib, his daughter is already dead. But Jesus says, “Nah son, she sleeping.” All the professional mourners (real historical thing) start to laugh, like “Lol wut.” Jesus is angry and he only takes in Jairus, his wife, and the disciples. He tells this dead young girl, “Talitha koum,” which literally means, “Baby girl, wake up.” And she does. She wakes up. They rejoice. Someone sings Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. I’m tearing up again.