Day 11, Chapter 11
When tragedy strikes, our gut reaction is to question why. People who do not think of God much any other time will often assign blame or fault when the pain of life kicks in. I think it’s not much different for people who follow Jesus—we too wonder why God allows specific things to befall, even if we have a grid of faith by which we process life.
Mary and Martha both questioned Jesus like this when their brother, Lazarus, died. When he got sick, they sent word for Jesus, because they knew He could heal their brother and they also knew Jesus cared for them very deeply. But Jesus did not come right away, and Lazarus died. Four days later, when Jesus arrived, both Mary and Martha, in turn, said to Jesus, “If You had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21, 32, NASB).
How often do I think and say something similar? I wonder if Jesus has stayed away for four days when I have too much work and too little time . . . when there is silence in prayer for guidance and decisions . . . when the same old struggles keep me entangled. I too say, “If You had been here, I would not be in this pain.”
Today, I offer up these empty places, and I choose to wait for my Jesus, who promises to never leave me, but often waits for the perfect time to show His power over the brokenness of life. Before Jesus brought Lazarus back to life—let that sink in!—He wept with Mary and Martha, grieving with them over loss and pain. I choose to trust that Jesus does this with me too, grieving with me in tragedy, even though He knows the sort of miracle coming next.
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If you missed Days 1–11, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 12, Chapter 12. All are welcome!