This week, my eyes were opened to one of my new favorite stories in the New Testament. It starts in Mark 5:22.
Christ is headed into town when a man, desperate for help, stops Jesus and tells him of his plight. This man is a local leader in the synagogues, and had no doubt heard the stories of Jesus' miraculous healings. Mark's account is special because he says that his daughter "My little daughter lieth at the point of death." What I hear in this is, "Please come before it's too late. Hurry. My daughter is dying, but I know you can save her."
When Jesus is on the way, he's crowded by the huge masses of people, and there's even a woman who stops him to touch His robe. The woman is immediately healed. But Jesus takes a minute to stop, teach the woman, make her feel important, then send her on her way. In the meantime, the ruler's daughter has died. Can you imagine how you'd feel? I'd be tempted to blame Jesus for stopping. "If you hadn't stopped, maybe you could have made it to save my daughter in time."
But Jesus said to the man, "Be not afraid, only believe." They eventually made it to the man's house, and his daughter was healed.
As a 21st century man who often finds himself "too busy," this story was a helpful reminder to me that when we're on the Lord's errand, he'll take care of the timing. It doesn't do anyone well to be hurried and worried, and Jesus shows here that even when he was in a rush he was still able to take time out of his day to minister to one person.
I will keep working on becoming the type of person that devotes care and energy to people in need, even when I'm in a hurry.