Both Jairus and the woman who touched Christ’s robe were steadfast in one desire––to become close enough to Christ that they could obtain the miracle they needed. Both, like many of us, realized the desired outcome was humanly unattainable. But they had come to believe that Christ could provide a healing that could not be provided in any other way.
Jairus was relentless in his search to find the Lord. The woman who touched Christ’s robe stretched until she received the miracle she longed for. We too can cultivate a relationship with Christ by applying these same principles. Most likely the answer will not come easily. The woman was plagued by her illness for more than twelve years before the answer came. Imagine how trying it must have been for Jairus when, even though he was with the Savior, his situation became worse before it got better. Joseph Smith said, “Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire” (History of the Church, 5:135). No matter how long or hard the search, if it brings us closer to Christ, it is worth it. The intensity of the search will make the treasure priceless, one that we will not ever give up.
Our son, Josh, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was three. Dealing with the disease has made the past eleven years difficult. They have been filled with many ups and downs and a lot of discouraging and trying moments. I have spent countless hours pleading with the Lord to lighten our burden. Although Josh has not been healed, I have felt the Savior strengthening both Josh and me to be equal to the task. This year we were asked to participate in a research study. As part of the study, we both took a six-page self-evaluation test. One of the questions asked if we would choose, given the opportunity, to not have this trial in our life, realizing that we would have to also give up all of the learning that had come. Before responding to the question, I sat for ten minutes and pondered all that we have learned, reflecting most on my relationship with Christ. He has lifted me and strengthened me. When I thought I could not go on, He made up the difference. I have come to know the Savior through this journey—and so has Josh.
In the end I determined I could not give that up —it was too precious. This detour, though demanding and relentless, has made me stretch again and again in my search to know the Savior, and that process has led me closer to Christ.