Dustin Pedroia, second baseman for the Boston Red Sox, is a very undersized athlete for the position that he plays. Because of his size, when he hits the ball, he has to swing with everything he’s got. When he was first coming up through the ranks of professional baseball, everyone use to laugh at him and ask “Who is this little guy with a big swing?” Pedroia didn’t let this stop him. He kept playing the game of baseball like he always had and kept swinging like he always did. Now a Rookie of the Year award, a couple of Silver Sluggers, a World Series Championship, and a MVP award later; no one’s laughing.
We find Jesus in a similar situation. Mark records it for us in the 5th chapter of his gospel. A man named Jarius comes up to Jesus and asks Him if He would come to his house in order that He might heal his daughter. As they are on their way to Jarius’ house, trying to make it through the crowd, people came and brought Jarius the devastating news that his daughter is dead. This didn’t stop Jesus, He spoke a quick word of encouragement to Jarius and kept on toward his house. What happens next is where we see the similarities to Pedroia’s story. This is what Mark writes:
When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!”(which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. (Mark 5:38-42 NIV)
The people laughed at Jesus, but that didn’t stop Him from doing what He had set out to accomplish. After Jesus raised Jarius’ daughter from the dead, no one was laughing then.
You probably have found yourself in the same position as Jesus and Pedroia. You may even be in this situation right now. It might be a dream that you have had since you could first remember. It might be a certain goal that you have set out to accomplish. Recently things may have started to look bleak and maybe your dream had even died. Now people are laughing at you. Saying “Can you believe so and so still thinking that they have a shot at accomplishing ______.” You fill in the blank. Or maybe they’re laughing saying “Can you believe so and so actually thinks they can do ______ considering where they come from.” Again you fill in the blank.
But just like Pedroia and Jesus ignore the laughter, silence the critics, and keep on setting out to do what you originally set out to accomplish. If your goals are looking bleak, don’t give up. If your dream has died, don’t lose hope Jesus will raise it from the dead. And then you’ll be able to say “Who’s laughing now?”