A twelve-year old girl is dying. Her father goes frantic and cuts through the crowd enveloping Jesus. Although a synagogue ruler, the dying girl’s father has reached the end. No repetitive chants seem to work. But accounts of people being healed and freed of demon possession by Jesus gives him hope. When he finally reaches to Jesus, he falls at His feet and pleads earnestly with Him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live’ (Mark 5:23). Jesus agrees to go with him but the ‘large crowd following and pressing around him’(v24) slows His pace, never mind there is an urgent situation. To make matters worse, Jesus stops on the way and addresses a woman. For this man, time is ticking and his daughter is dying.
‘While Jesus was still speaking’ (v35), the worst happens. What the father dreads has come to pass. He receives news that, ‘Your daughter is dead . . . Why bother the teacher anymore?’ (v35). Jesus ignores the reports and urges the man, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe’ (v36). When Jesus finally approaches the house, He sees ‘a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly’ (v38). Jesus then makes a controversial statement, ‘The child is not dead but asleep’ (v39). Hearing this, the mourners even laugh at Him. Putting the crowd out, Jesus goes in with the parents and three of His disciples to where the child is laid. He takes her by the hand and says to her;
‘Talitha Koum! (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and walked around’
Many many years ago, another girl is wandering in the desert of Beersheba with her son. Cast out of her master’s home, the Egyptian girl has nowhere to go. After water runs out, ‘she put the boy under one of the bushes. Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bow-shot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat nearby, the child began to sob’ (Genesis 21:16). Not knowing of the Resurrection, the woman has nowhere to turn to. However, the Resurrection hears her cry and sends an angel to tell her, ‘What’s the matter Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand . . . Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink’ (v17-19).
Years and years later, another girl who is spiritually dead is at a well fetching water, and Jesus asks her for a drink saying, ‘if you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water’ (John 4:10). The woman asks, ‘Where can you get this living water?’ (v11). Again, Jesus asks a girl to get up by saying, ‘Go call your husband and come back’ (v16). This seems like an impossible feat to the woman- for she is divorced five times and is currently living with a man not her husband. How can anyone rise from that? Jesus again opens the eyes of a girl by saying, ‘whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’ (v14).
Three girls share a similar fate- all face death in one form or another. Two live when the Living Water is flowing through mankind, and the other when the Living Water is enthroned far above- but somehow attempts to reach to her in a desert. Different girls experience a similar power of the same God. All are called to rise. They are refreshed and resuscitated. Regardless of their dead situation, all have their eyes opened and they get up after they encounter the Living Water. Although others see them as dead or as good as dead, Jesus sees them as asleep. And to this very day, the King calls out to His Daughters, “Talitha Koum!”
‘Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ ~ John 11:25-26