“After he had sent the crowd away, Jesus went in and touched her hand, and the little girl rose up” (Matt 9:25).
There is something so tender about that little detail; Jesus touching the little girl’s hand. For Jesus, healing is never about creating a public spectacle to impress a crowd. Quite the opposite, in fact. He sends the crowd away rather than asking them to gather round.
Like all Jesus’ acts of healing, raising this little girl from the dead is an intimate, personal moment of human connection.
I take comfort in this, knowing that God approaches me in the same way; never “using” me or my pain to impress a crowd or prove a point, but always and only meeting me in loving, personal encounter.