Though we often don’t understand God’s timing, He always has a plan to work for our good and His glory. Consider the story of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha.
We enter their story in John 11 when the sisters sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was ill. Even though Jesus loved the siblings, He didn’t come for two days. Because Jesus didn’t respond immediately, Lazarus died. When Jesus did finally arrive, Mary and Martha were grieving. Their grief deeply moved Jesus and He wept, too.
Approaching the tomb, Jesus commanded the stone to be rolled away. When Martha questioned what He was doing, Jesus responded, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40) Then Jesus called for Lazarus to come out, and at His command, Lazarus walked out of the grave.
What a miracle! When all hope seemed lost, Jesus came and resurrected what everyone assumed was dead. And friend, in our hopelessly dark situations we can eagerly expect the same.
From our perspective, we may think Jesus is not answering our prayers or is not answering in the way we want. But as revealed in this story, He will answer according to His perfect schedule and perfect purpose.
This is an excerpt from More Than A Sliver of Hope from Crosswalk. Keep hoping sweet sister. God is working.