Annah, my daughter, lay limp and seemingly lifeless in my shaking arms that cool, spring morning. She was seventeen months old, and it seemed as if she may never make it to her second birthday. This wasn’t the first time we had a major health scare with her. At three weeks old, she had contracted a severe case of RSV and spent 7 days in Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. As unnerving as it was to watch her tiny, weak body in the hospital, this particular incident was more horrifying than I can explain.
Just the night before, we were hosting for our church youth group to several teenage girls and their leaders. That following morning, I had about 15 girls in my home. Annah had woken up and my sister had brought her to me due to her feeling feverish. Her body felt like she could start a fire. I quickly gave her a dose of tylenol and while doing so I heard my husband and my dad pull in the drive. As I took Annah to greet them at the door, her body went limb and her eyes rolled back into her head, terror quickly set in.
I immediately yelled for a friend who was there and she took Annah to see if she could help. She believed that she was having a seizure and recommended I call an ambulance. Another girl began calling on the name of Jesus for Annah and for myself. When the seizure ended, Annah still lay unconscious and unable to respond. We quickly loaded her up and headed the thirty plus miles to the ER. On the way to the hospital, as you can imagine, I had thoughts that this may be the last time I ever hold my baby girl. I began calling out to Jesus. I didn’t really know what to say, but I knew that name could save my little girl; and if for some reason she didn’t make it, I knew that name would comfort me.
While Annah did make a full recovery, there have been many times in my life that I didn’t know what to pray, so I simply called out to Jesus. The name of Jesus is the only name that: brings life in the midst of death, saves the lost, and restores marriages, friendships, and relationships. It is the name that heals. The name that changes everything.
In Mark 10:46-52, we are told of a man who also called out to Jesus in his time of need. The scripture reads, “They came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!” Many people told him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; He’s calling for you.” He threw off his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” “Rabbouni,”a the blind man told Him, “I want to see!” “Go your way,” Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed you.” Immediately he could see and began to follow Him on the road.”
I know that this story happened a couple of millenniums ago, but can I remind you that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever? He will never leave us nor forsake us. The name of Jesus is still as powerful in your situation today as it was for blind Bartimaeus back then. There are times that you may not know what to pray, but Jesus only needs to hear you calling out to Him. Bartimaeus’ life was forever changed that day he yelled out for Jesus.
Maybe today you are facing a situation and you don’t know what to do – call out to Jesus! Maybe you’ve been living life your own way and it just isn’t working – call out to Jesus! His name can save you from whatever keeps you bound. When life gets hard and you can’t imagine a way out, call out all the louder, but don’t allow Him to pass you by. His name changes everything.