While Jesus was still speaking, 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.”
(Mark 5:35-36 NIV)
Ever noticed how calm Jesus was during times of tragedy? The story of Jairus’ daughter is one of the many examples in the New Testament. When some people came to tell Jairus that his daughter had died, Jesus responded with “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36). And when He arrived to Jairus’ house and saw the people crying and wailing loudly, He asked, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep” (v.39). The people didn’t get it and laughed at Him (v.40). Then there’s the example of Jesus’ good friend Lazarus. When He was told that Lazarus was dead, Jesus noted, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” and “he stayed where he was two more days” (John 11:4, 6). Of course, His delay upset Martha and Mary and the first thing they said to Him when they saw Him was, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (vv.21, 32).
What if we could be as calm as Jesus was during times of calamity? What if instead of resorting to tears, self-pity and endless questions, we learned to stay calm and trust God, just as Jesus did? Is it possible? The Bible has the following to say about those who have learned to trust God, “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD” (Psalm 112:7). And another Psalm reminds us that “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever” (125:1). Years ago, bad news would have devastated me, but as I’ve learned to trust Him, I’ve learned to stay calm in the storm. You can too.
Trusting God enables us to stay calm in the storm.