She’s dead. Jesus didn’t make it in time. Now it’s too late. This is the despair of Jairus’ servant who came and found that Jesus had stopped on the way to speak to a desperate woman. (Mark 5:21-43)
Mary and Martha also wondered why Jesus didn’t come faster when they’d sent word that their brother was dying. (John 11) In fact, when Jesus got the sisters’ urgent message, he stayed where he was for two more days!
Was it harder for Jesus to raise a dead person than to heal a sick one? Why doesn’t Jesus respond urgently to our emergencies? Is it because He has a better plan? Is he stacking the deck against Himself in order to show a more magnificent miracle?
And in the meantime, how does He address those in distress? He spoke tenderly to Mary and Martha and wept at Lazarus’ tomb. He comforted Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just trust me.”
That voice comes to me in my big and small crises. Jesus is always on time. Be still and trust Him.