It was January 1st that I asked, knocked and sought for it.
“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be open to you,” right? (Matthew 7:7-8)
Instead of a New Year’s resolution, I inquired of the Lord for a New Year’s revelation. “What would you like to speak to my heart for 2018, Lord,” I asked…sought…knocked.
Then I opened my eyes, pried open my Bible randomly with joyful anticipation, confident I would receive–confident that Abba Father would speak.
At the very top of page 870 two red unfamiliar words caught my eye: “Talitha cumi,” translated, “Little girl, I say to you arise.” (Mark 5:41)
The translation leapt off the page, capturing my heart with hope. And yet before delving into the depth of their significance, I was compelled to rediscover their context:
You see, a synagogue ruler had a very ill daughter who Jesus was on his way to heal. But before He stepped foot into her home, news of her death was revealed:
“While He was still speaking, some came from the house of the synagogue ruler and said, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further.’ As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid, only believe.’ He let no one follow Him, except Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw the tumult, and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, ‘Why make this uproar and weep? The girl is not dead, but asleep.’” Mark 5:35-39 MEV
Fresh revelation peeled off of the pages as I read Mark’s full account anew. Jesus’s response was precisely the faith I needed to hear too. “Do not be afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)
My Fall Revisited AND Reversed
Why were Jesus’ words so timely? Well, it’s because “Marissa…Marissa had a great fall.”
That’s the title of my last blog post detailing much of what my “fall” entailed…but not everything.
I didn’t share the heartache felt from the experience. I left out the suffocating feelings of regret and disappointment that shrouded rays of hope like a lingering cloud.
Yet with the New Year’s revelation, I sensed Jesus encourage my heart and lift my gaze with this cloud-dispelling, comforting truth:
“Why make this uproar of defeat. Your destiny is not dead but merely asleep.”(Inspired by Mark 5:39)
And that’s not all! Revisiting verse 41, Jesus reversed my “fall.”
When He arrived at the little girl’s home, he took her hand and said, “Talitha cumin.”
“Little girl, I say to you arise.” (Mark 5:41)
And she did just that.
Likewise, with those words, HE spoke to my heart on January 1st, “Marissa…Marissa, I say to you arise.”
You thought that you were a goner… Nothing good could come from your life any longer. Dreams are dead. Hopes have dissipated, but I SAW something different when you saw death. I SAY something different because your destiny STILL has breath:
“Marissa…Marissa, I say to you arise.”
And so I’ve done just that!
It’s Time that You Arise Too
Going into 2018, like me, you may have been knocked down and discouraged in the ring of life because of circumstances’ hard blows in 2017. Though the referee struck three and the bell had tolled, signaling that you lost the round…
You’re STILL in the ring; you’ve only been temporarily knocked down.
You still will arise to live, breath, fight the good fight.. run the good race of your destiny… fueled by grace and God’s great might!
You still will arise, so don’t listen to the lies and allow Jesus’ Words to lift up your chin. Hear the Truth from the One who created you to arise, stand up straight and win.
Though you thought you were a goner… Though you thought that your dreams have died…
Dear friend, in 2018, feast on His grace that speaks:
“I say to you arise!”
Though 2017’s trials you may have despised, look at your future through Heavens’ eyes:
It’s time that you arise.
It’s time that you arise and while you’re at it, live joyfullyalive and thrive!
“You satisfy my every desire with good things. You’ve supercharged my life so that I can SOAR AGAIN like a flying eagle in the sky.” – Psalm 103:5 (The Passion Translation – emphasis mine)
To SOAR AGAIN you must first…ARISE!