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Not Bothering God

While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the Jairus' home with the news that the little girl was dead. "She's gone," he told her father; "there's no use troubling the Teacher now."

But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to the father, "Don't be afraid! Just trust me, and she'll be all right."

When they arrived at the house Jesus wouldn't lat anyone into the room except Peter, James, John, and the little girl's father and mother. The home was filled with mourning people, but he said, "Stop the weeping! She isn't dead; she is only asleep!" This brought scoffing and laughter, for they all knew she was dead.

Then he took her by the hand and called, "Get up, little girl!" And at that moment her life returned and she jumped up! "Give her something to eat!" he said. Her parents were overcome with happiness, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone the details of what had happened. Luke 8: 49-56 (TLB)

Kathleen Elizabeth Dunlap is from Colorado. Her son placed frozen waffles into the toaster, and while he watched his favorite food toast, his mother cooked eggs. Suddenly, he screamed. Kathleen whirled around to see red fingers and teary eyes. As he pulled a waffle from the toaster, he had burned his fingers on the heating element. "I didn't want to bother you," he said, crying. After bandaging his fingers and serving up his waffle with extra butter and syrup, his mom assured him that he can always ask her for help, no matter what.

Similarly, it's easy for Kathleen to believe that her problems are too small for God to care about or that God is too busy to answer her prayers. Like Jairus in Luke 8, her immediate circumstances, friends, or family can often dissuade her from bringing her concerns to the Lord. Kathleen tried to fix her addictions, failures, and broken relationships on her own, and her heart ends up needlessly wounded.

Yet God's love persistently calls to her, reminding Kathleen not to be afraid and to trust God's wisdom. Just as parents delight in helping their children, so God delights in helping us. Kathleen can tell and ask God anything. God isn't bothered by her pleas, and builds her faith. God's provisions spur her gratitude and praise. God can, and will, do that for us too.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for caring about every detail of our lives and for always being ready to help us in our times of need, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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