"Taking her by the hand, He said to her, 'Talitha Koum', which means, 'little girl, I say to you, arise.'" -Mark 5:41
Over the last several centuries, there has been a war for the woman’s heart. Misogyny, which is the prejudice against women, has shown it’s ugly face for far too long; not only in our society, but across the entire planet. Over the course of history, it’s not hard to find ways in which the world has neglected women. From Third World countries to the local church. From disturbing stories of rape to preaching that women are not capable of anything other than making dinner, there has been a lot of hurt and disgrace done to women. These women are my fellow sisters. And I hurt for them; I mourn for their hurt and shame. When taking a broad look at history and recognizing the countless acts of misogyny that have occurred for centuries, the hurt of my fellow sisters says one thing to me… the enemy is deeply afraid of a woman’s heart.
When taking a broad look at history and recognizing the countless acts of misogyny that have occurred for centuries, the hurt of my fellow sisters says one thing to me... the enemy is deeply afraid of a woman's heart. Click To Tweet He is unmentionably terrified of the power, the bravery, and the deep love that a woman’s heart is capable of; and rightfully so. Although the neglect of women in history is evident, the power of women is all the more so. From women like Mother Teresa to Harriet Tubman, there is no limit to what God can do with women who are able to overcome the deep hatred that the enemy has for them and arise. These women did not live an easy life, but they trusted God enough to do what He commanded when He told them, “Talitha koum, little girl, arise”.
I believe that our Father is taking each of us by the hand in this moment and saying, “Talitha koum”. Notice how Jesus did not phrase this as a question, but a command. Arise. In the context of this moment, the daughter’s life was depending on Jesus’ words, just as ours should. She was laying on her deathbed, already gone from this world. His commands decided whether or not she would live past this deep sleep that she was in; her life quite frankly depended on His every syllable.
May we enter our own little girl state of mind and awake from this deep sleep that we have been under; this sleep that has inhibited us from moving the mountains that we were created to move. We must no longer sleep on our dreams, our prayers, and our power, but we must arise and prepare ourselves for the battle that lies before us. We must no longer sleep on our dreams, our prayers, and our power, but we must arise and prepare ourselves for the battle that lies before us. Click To Tweet