Sometimes we are so straight jacketed in our main calling that we don’t give credence to the other call.
Mark 5: 21-43
On the way to Jairus’ house to heal his sick daughter, Jesus was stopped in his tracks by the touch of a woman who was also in deep distress. This changed his step but did not change his course. This is distress upon distress, a story within another story, a calling within a calling. He stopped to serve on his way to service. It was not a mis-step.
We are often in a similar bind. What to do? How to choose which calling to follow? Can we manage both? Sometimes we are so straight jacketed in our main calling that we don’t give credence to the other call. Jesus demonstrated the ability to pivot, to stop in his tracks, heal the woman with the haemorrhage and regain strength to heal Jairus’ daughter.
In the healing ministry the bucket is always replenished. As energy leaves him, new energy flows in to take its place. To ensure that this new energy-flow is not disrupted, Jesus dismissed the naysayers and took with him only Peter, James and John.