Your story isn't over yet... God alone holds the pen that gets to write "The End."

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Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Mark 5:35-36

“Why bother?” It’s the question of the doubters and the cynics, the distractors and the critics. It’s the whisper we hear when the dream isn’t working, the marriage isn’t healing, the desire isn’t coming true.

Be realistic.

Bury it.

Move on.

And this might be the only course of action if not for two other words: But Jesus. He has a different message, “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36). Don’t give in or give up or let go of hope.

Jesus is the Giver of life and it’s not finished until He says so. It doesn’t matter if the body is still. If there’s no breath in the lungs. If the mourners are knocking on the door. Jesus is coming. He’s already on His way.

And when He shows up, everything changes.

Oh, not all in the crowd agree. “But they laughed at Him” (Mark 5:40). Don’t wait for everyone around you to join in believing for the miracle. This will not happen. And it is not necessary. God has never needed permission to do the impossible.

“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” (Mark 5:41-42).

What is your “little girl” today? What have you held dear and thought you might have to let go forever? The desire of your heart, the joy of your life, the answer to your prayers?

You do not have to surrender hope for it. It is true: in this broken, fallen world the outcome may not look like what we imagined. But it is also true that none of our stories are over yet.

“Why bother?”

Because God alone holds the pen that gets to write “The End.”



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