One of those days.
Do you ever have one of those days when it seems like everything conspires against you?
The computer swallows four days of work and won’t spit it back up. Someone finds your secret stash and eats your last Oreo. Your toddler flushes your glasses down the toilet.
God, Where are you?
There’s a story in John 11 of two sisters navigating some of those days. Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus, who is their protection and provider, has fallen gravely ill. The sisters send word to Jesus … “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
When Jesus heard this, he stayed where he was two more days. Two more days!!! No immediate intervention. No prayers from afar. Nothing!
So I just have to ask, does it ever feel like God is delaying his arrival and that he won’t get to you in time or on time? Cuz it does to me. Sometimes it feels like Jesus is oblivious of the miracle I need right now!
Trusting God’s Timing
When Jesus finally gets to the sisters, Lazarus is dead. As a matter of fact, he’s been entombed four days. When the sisters see Jesus, they say, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” In other words, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN? Where were you when my brother was sick?
That’s what we do when things don’t go the way we want, isn’t it? We question God. Where were you when…
- I miscarried that baby I prayed for.
- I lost the job that pays our bills.
- My husband left me for another woman.
I ask! Don’t you ask?
God hears your cry
Listen, Jesus hears those questions. In response to Mary’s question, the Bible says, “When Jesus saw her (Mary) weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her (mourners) also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. And Jesus wept.
Just as Jesus was filled with compassion for Mary and Martha, he weeps for you and over you. He’s with us in our pain.
3 Things to remember when life is hard
When you are questioning where God is when life is hard, remember these three things.
1. God made you. He sees you. He knows exactly what you need.
“… your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8
2. Your Creator is bigger than your circumstances.
“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17
3. God is with you and for you.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
God is with you, too.
Just like Jesus came to BE WITH Mary and Martha, he will be with you, too. He will intervene on your behalf with miracles or minister to you in your misery. He can and will work good things out of even the lousiest of circumstances.
How have you seen God care for someone in a time of trial? Leave me a comment below.
Verse for the day: Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 1 Chronicles 16:11
Prayer: We know that your ways are far above ours and that you work on our behalf in ways that we might hate. Help us to trust you to lead us through, around, and past hard days. Fill us with your peace. In Jesus Name amen.