Those that help us live in Haiti: Part 2

Posted: January 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

We have lived in Haiti for 22 years.  There, in that time, have been, as in life, easy times and difficult times.  The one constant has been God’s faithfulness and the faithful support of His people that has allowed us to live in this land of unlimited impossibility. And there, of course, have been the examples of others that we can look to,  which bring encouragement and  help us to hang in there in the struggles.

I over the next couple of weeks  will be posting about some of those that through their lives and faithfulness have been examples to us that have helped us live and minister in Haiti.

This is the second post in this series.

I see in the life of Jairus, the synagogue official, principles that  help me push through hard times and seemingly Goliath size obstacles until I find myself at the feet of Jesus.

Perhaps before continuing on,you can pause now for several minutes and  in Mark 5:21-40 read about Jairus and the healing of his daughter0

Jairus was desperate, he was facing a parent’s worst nightmare – a gravely ill child who is dying. And he just couldn’t sit there , he had to do something.  And this is what I want to write about today.

Jesus, on the shore of a lake, was surrounded by a large crowd of people.  Word had spread, that the man who was healing the sick and  performing miracles was in town and people came to see him. And Jairus, desperate to get help for his dying daughter, came as well.  He couldn’t just stand  with the crowd, he was desperate, and so he positioned himself right in front of Jesus, where he fell on his face and at Jesus’ feet and cried out fervently,

“My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”

Reading on, we see that Jesus did go with Jairus and on the road a woman that had been ill for twelve years was healed by Jesus.  While on the road, messengers came to tell Jairus that his daughter had died and Jesus didn’t have to come.  But Jesus, told Jairus not to fear and they continued on their journey and as they got near the house, they could hear the noise of people mourning the death of Jairus’ daughter.  But Jesus not deterred, tells the mourners that the girl is only sleeping and he with with her parents and Peter, James, and John enter the room where she lay and heals her.

An amazing story but it largely happen because Jairus positioned himself in front of Jesus and fervently cried out for Jesus to come and heal his daughter.  He didn’t settle for hanging back in the crowd and blending his voice with the others vying for Jesus’ attention.  He would have none of that: Up front, through the crowd, on his face, fervently crying out to Jesus.

Could Jesus have healed Jairus’ daughter from the shore of the lake?  Could he have simply told Jairus to go home for his daughter has been healed? Yes, of course; but as we so often see in scripture POSITION DETERMINES CONDITION AND CONDITION REVEALS POSITION.

Jairus positioned himself at the feet of Jesus and got Jesus’ attention and Jesus went with Jairus and his daughter’s condition went from gravely ill to wonderfully healed and Jairus’ condition went from the father of a gravely ill girl to the father of a wonderfully healed girl.


Blind Bartimaeus

In Mark 10 blind Bartimaeus positioned himself among the crowd on the side of the road as Jesus was going by.  He began to shout,

 Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

And the crowd told him to be quiet but instead he shouted out louder.  Jesus, hearing blind Bartimaeus, called him out of the crowd and healed him.  And so Bartimaeus’ condition changed  from one who was blind but now as one who could see because he positioned himself in the crowd and wouldn’t be quiet until he got Jesus’ attention.

Other examples:

  • Lame man lowered through roof: Luke 5:17-25
  • Woman sick for twelve years: Mark 5: 25-34
  • Women before the unjust judge: Luke 18: 1-8
Our condition changes as we position ourselves close to God.  We find that our desires change, our behavior change, our lives change as we daily position ourselves near to God.
I love that old chorus:  Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Perhaps it would be better if we spent more time working on position and let God deal with our condition.
John McHoul






  1. CLAIR KASSAB says:

    Please please Jesus help my TWO Brother they are ill please Jesus and my 4 childeren please and give me a power for them thank you.

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