Fix my kids!
Mark 5 tells two stories. A father came to Jesus to ask if Jesus would come and heal his 12-year-old daughter. On the way, Jesus passes a woman who had been sick. She had spent all her money, time and energy seeking a cure. As Jesus walked by, the woman reached out and touched the edge of his robe. Jesus stopped and turned to talk to her. She was healed, she was grateful, she had also been sick for 12 years.
There are many lessons in these two stories. What intrigues me is the 12 years. Jesus is on his way to heal a 12-year-old girl, but he first stops to heal the woman who was old enough to be her mother.
I won’t claim this is a fact – it remains a theory;
On the way to healing or fixing or rescuing the child, Jesus will always stop to heal the parent who seeks Him.
I have yet to speak with a parent whose child has gone through difficult times where the parent has not felt the pain more. It’s the parent who learns to release their child. It’s the parent who is forced to trust, grow and change. It is the parent who finds healing. Jesus does not ignore the child, neither will he ignore the parent.