Has the vibrant, lively soul you’re created to be been overwhelmed by the circumstances of life, and now you’re barely living? Have you been burdened by a problem that instead of getting better, it just continues to get worse, and this problem hinders you from living the life you once imagined? Well Sis, it’s time for an encounter with Jesus!

I assure you, Jesus can take whatever problem you’ve been enduring and he can change it in an instant. He can do what no one else has done for you. He can remove a 12 year problem in a moment and restore you fully. Oh he can. He has that power. The question is, are you still seeking that power, or have you grown discouraged because it’s been so long that you’re no longer seeking him?

Scripture tells us of a woman who had been enduring a problem for 12 years. For 12 years she had bled. This issue had caused her great suffering and cost her all her money, but still her problem only grew worse instead of better. At what point do you just accept your problem as reality? When do you give up and settle into your problem as your only possible pathway through this life and stop pursuing a different future?

Is that where you are? You’ve been trying long enough, and you’ve tried everything there is to try, so really you’ve stopped seeking anything different. You’ve made peace with your problem and accepted your future days will only be more of your present days. Sis, this is why it’s so hard to wake up. This is why it requires all of your energy to drag your butt out of bed. You’ve assumed your current position will be your continued position and you’ve stopped seeking anything different.

Who says it has to be this way? Who says what has been has to continue? Who says this is your only lot in life and you have to just accept it? Has God told you that? Really, has God given you that revelation, or have you accepted it from ‘lesser than’ sources that do not hold the power to radically change these things in your life?

Mark 5: 21-34 “When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

This woman was considered an outcast. Due to her condition, she was not allowed into the temple and she was not allowed to touch another person. She was isolated, abandoned and rejected. If you notice when Jesus turned and said “who touched me, I felt power go out from me”, she was terrified and fell at his feet trembling. Trembling because everyone else told her she wasn’t allowed to be there. She wasn’t good enough to touch Jesus. But her faith caused her to do bold things, and it was her faith that made her well.

Jesus wasn’t there to see this woman. He was on his way to Jairus’ house to care for his sick little girl. But this woman was seeking healing and she was going to make her way through that crowd to touch Jesus’ robe. She knew where power was. She knew where healing was, and she went for it!

Will your faith cause you to do bold things? Will you refuse to believe what everyone else tells you about this problem you’ve been dealing with for so long, and keep relentlessly pursuing Jesus? Jesus may be on the scene working here in someone else’s life, but girl, get yourself on up to the front row and reach for him! Why are you sitting in the back? Why have you assumed the position of being unworthy? Why are you declaring yourself out without even trying to get in?

Jesus responds to FAITH. Do you want to be freed from your suffering? Then let your faith boldly move you through the crowd to the one who can change everything.

Now, after this encounter, Jesus turns his attention back to the original request, Jairus’ daughter. She was sick, and Jesus was going to Jairus house to care for her. But just then, they received the worst possible news.

Mark 5: 35-42 “Some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.”

We’ve always read this story and thought it was about someone’s child, and you would be correct. It’s about God’s child, and that child is YOU. This story is about YOU. You have fallen asleep. You are not living the life you could be living. You are barely going through the motions, settling for so much less than you were created for. You’ve allowed past defeats to side-line you, convincing you you’re not capable of more.

You know what Jesus is saying to you today? “Talitha koum”, which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”

Get up now! Get up from this defeat. Get up from this discouragement. Get up from this delay. Get up from this despair. You’ve been sleeping. You’re not dead, your life isn’t over here, you’ve just been sleeping.

God is calling that girl back. That girl you used to be. The girl who loved living, the girl who danced and laughed. The girl who had big bright, hopeful eyes, with fireworks in her soul. That girl with hopes and dreams and carefree confidence. That girl is still in there. Yes, the girl your Creator envisioned when he knit you together in your mother’s womb, she’s in there. Now, Jesus is calling her to come back. Come back to the surface again. Come back to life.

I love to dig deep in the stories of the Bible and see how they are intertwined with their seemingly odd details so specifically mentioned. Both of these healings happened in one day, likely within an hour of each other. Notice, how old was the little girl? She was 12. How long had the other woman been suffering? 12 years.

Is that a coincidence? No, I don’t think so. 12 years. That’s a long time.

Maybe you’ve been struggling for 12 years. Since 2010 you’ve been trying, and just like this woman with the issue of blood, instead of getting better, it’s only getting worse. After all this time, will you still seek Jesus? Will you still get yourself to where his power is and reach for it?

Or maybe after 12 years, you’ve grown tired, you’ve grown bored, and your eyes have just glazed over. You’ve been doing this mom thing, this wife thing, this working woman thing, this school thing, this believing thing, for all these years and you’re just done. Stick a fork in the girl, she’s done. Listen closely and you will hear, Jesus is saying, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”

You’ve been down long enough. You’ve been sitting here worried and overwhelmed long enough. It’s time to come back to life. It’s time to get that fire in your soul again. It’s time for your passion to be stirred and your dreams to be in motion. It’s time for you to get back up now.

So, for the one who has been overwhelmed by the circumstances of life, left to only barely be living … now is the time to return to the vibrant, lively soul you were created to be. For the one who has been burdened by a problem that has only been getting worse instead of better, this problem is having an encounter with Jesus. This problem is being moved, this burden is being lifted, now you are free to live the life you’re divinely designed to live.

It’s time to get up, little girl. It’s time to be healed, broken woman. Your faith will restore you here.

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