There is a beautiful and powerful story found in the Gospel of Mark.
In chapter 5 of Mark's Gospel, Jesus is summoned to house of a man named Jairus (a leader in his synagogue). Jairus' request of Jesus is for Jesus to heal his daughter who is sick with a fever.
Like many of us do, Jairus is essentially praying and asking Jesus to heal someone he cares about of their illness.
But something happens along the way; Jesus is delayed and Jairus' daughter ends up dying. Jairus and his friends are devastated.
How often in our lives does Jesus work at a different pace and schedule than what we want?
Jesus looks at Jairus and says, "Don't be afraid. Only believe."
Jairus was willing to trust Jesus to heal a fever, but Jesus was calling Jairus to trust Him to be able to heal death itself.
Jairus asks Jesus to cure a fever.
Jesus gives him resurrection.
As Jesus enters the house He sees the girl who has died lying on her bed. He gently approaches and takes her by the hand and speaks these words to her: Talitha
This phrase is both tender and powerful.
It shows the power of Jesus because when he tells the girl to wake up; she does - she wakes up from the dead.
It shows the tenderness of Jesus because it is a phrase that means "sweety" or "honey." Jesus is behaving like a loving parent who takes their child by the hand in the morning and says, "Honey, it's time to wake up."
This is our Jesus.
Powerful enough to conquer death and give us resurrection.
Tender enough to take us by the hand and say, "Honey, it's time to wake up."