Mark 5:35-36 & 41-43 (Today’s New International Version)
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.” … Jesus 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. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
It would have been risky for a respected synagogue leader to approach a radical preacher like Jesus, but Jairus was desperate. His beloved daughter was dying. He has just reached Jesus’ side when he hears the heartbreaking news that it is too late. His daughter is gone, and there is nothing that can be done for her now.
But Jesus overhears the conversation and tells Jairus not to be afraid. Together they travel back to Jairus’ house, where it is confirmed that the girl has died. This must have crushed Jairus, who no doubt hoped that the reports had been wrong and that Jesus would be able to restore her to full health.
Who could anticipate what happens next? Jesus orders the little girl to get up — and she does! The family and the mourners would have been staring in shock. Then Jesus demonstrates God’s care for the smallest of details in our lives: he reminds the crowd that this young girl must be hungry: “Give her something to eat,” he says.
What does it mean to you that God cares about even the smallest details of your life?