Give Her Something to Eat!

They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat (Luke 8:53-55, NIV).

Give Her Something to Eat!
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They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat (Luke 8:53-55, NIV).

I love this story of how Jesus was interrupted by a woman who'd been sick for 12 years while on his way to heal a very sick little 12-year-old girl (I've always thought it interesting that the girl's age was the same amount of time the woman had been sick–12 years, but it's probably just a coincidence). The interruption delayed Jesus long enough that the little girl actually died. Undeterred, Jesus went and raised her from the dead.

Wait, what?!?

Yes. He raised her from the dead!

And then after performing one of the most incredible, miraculous acts in human history, he told them to fix her supper. Jesus is so practical! If I'd just seen my own child raised from the dead, supper would be the last thing I'd be thinking about! But no doubt this little girl was hungry, and Jesus doesn't just look after supernatural needs, but everyday ones, too.

This brought to my mind the question of how well I look after my own everyday needs, like sleep, rest, eating healthier, or... exercise (yes, I used the "e-word"). If Jesus cares about me eating supper, maybe I should, too. And if Jesus is concerned for the practical needs of others, so should we be. Sometimes people don't need a miraculous intervention, they just need a cup of coffee with a friend who will pray for them.