“Now Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.'” (John 11:21,22)
There are times when I feel my prayers are not going any higher than the ceiling. I pray and pray, but the pain, sleepless nights, fatigue, and chemical sensitivities stay with me. I make trip after trip to the doctor, coming home not feeling any better than when I went. Oh, I would be the first to tell others that God is right there with them, and He does answer our prayers. At times, I can tell myself this is true, and know that God is truly hearing and answering, but at other times, I just want to be well NOW!
I heard a song last night, and the last line spoke a real message to my heart. The song tells how Jesus arrived just “after” Lazarus had died. In Martha’s mind, Jesus was too late. She said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” This hurt Jesus so much, because, not only did He love Lazarus, too, but He also had a reason for not going right when He had been called.
He gave the command to take away the stone from the grave. Then He worked an even greater miracle than making Lazarus well from his sickness — He raised him from the dead!
Jesus had prayed to the Father (and I paraphrase) that He chose to do this miracle, “so the people (us, too) might believe that the Father had sent Him.”
This account tells me, just as the last line of the song I heard, that “Jesus might be “four days late, (or longer at times) but He is always right on time!”
What blessed comfort to know Jesus is coming to help me! So, I’ll keep on praying continuously.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Help me to wait patiently for you to act. Be my strength even when I can’t feel You near. And, thank you for choosing me as an instrument through which You might be glorified. Amen.
About the Author:
Alice Ervin lives in Dayton, Ohio. She lives with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, just to name a few. Alice knows some of these things will come on her because in God’s word it says, “The outward man is wasting away, but the inward man is being renewed daily.” She lives with that hope, and knows that only through Jesus can she make it through each day.