Rome Wasn't Built in a Day…

Poor Lazarus. Imagine if you were not feeling well, I mean REALLY not feeling well and when you prayed your little heart out, someone informed you that Jesus would get back to you in a few days. It would be like the prayer equivalent of leaving a voice mail. In the days of fast food, cell phones, “instant” messages and TIVO, we really have grown accustomed to a response a bit quicker then that haven’t we?

I know this blogger sure expects it. When something’s not right in my world, I want instant peace. I want someone somewhere to inform me of the outcome, the details, or whatever this thing is going to mean to me personally. So when I read the words “Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days” (John 11:6), it hits me…well….instantly. In verse 3, we are told that Lazarus was a guy that Jesus loved. Just like you and I.

As we read further along, Jesus does arrive two days later and actually raises ol’ Lazarus from the dead. Here’s the key…he did it on his time, in his way, for his purpose. We are no different. I might want know the who, what, when and why, but I don’t have the wisdom to see the larger picture. There is one that does and he knows exactly what he is doing. He didn’t rush to Lazarus, but I would say he came through in the end for the guy.

He will for us too. We just need to trust his timing and not ours.

5 thoughts on “Rome Wasn't Built in a Day…

  1. I kind of feel bad for Lazarus. I mean, he was already on the other side, in paradise I suppose(unless that’s not theologically correct). And then to get called back. Man!

  2. Good reflection on Scripture. Waiting (especially in today’s world) is one of the most challenging spiritual disciplines we face.

  3. I’ve often wondered what Lazarus really looked like walking out of his tomb/grave or whatever it was. And like Joni…did he really want to?

    Waiting is no fun. But I am finding that if I chose to anticipate the answer with excitement (and sometimes I have to willfully do that), it doesn’t seem quite as long!

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