So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15 (NIV)
What are our ears hearing? Do we hear Jesus saying He was glad that He was not there? Does He not care that a dear friend just suffers and dies? Could He be so insensitive? Or could the purposes of God be greater than even our pain and agony? Could even the most terrible things like the death of a dear loved-one, be considered into God´s plan love and restoration? Could He be so wise as to have found some good to come from even our most painful hour? Would it be like a loving and all-intelligent God to have placed a bright side even to life´s darkest moments?
In the same breath as Jesus says that He is glad that this tragedy happened, He tells us why. Christ states that from this difficult time some progress can be made. The Lord is forever working on restoring God´s children unto Him. He does not rest. Not even when our tears are falling. There is always hope. Wherever the Lord is present, there is always hope!
Through the sad event of Jesus´ friend Lazarus dying, even those who would turn to God today can be blessed. This time was extremely painful for those who experienced it, but the joy of seeing God at work wiped their tears away. When we finally realize the size and strength of our Lord, it is hard to conceive that even bad things have slipped past His attention. When we discover how much He loves us and how far He is willing to go to restore us, then we cannot stay sad for long. When we realize that our times of pain can work for us a miracle within our hearts and teach us to believe, then perhaps we too could rejoice along with our Saviour.
Can we think of a sad situation we have today? Are we suffering in any way? Have we felt at times that the Lord does not care that we are hurting? Through the story of Lazarus, we see that God does have a plan. Can we find hope within our hearts that He is still at work? Could our Lord be preparing to work a miracle in our lives now? Could He be somehow building our faith? Could we take heart to know that the God Who cares will see that a greater good is found, when our suffering brings us closer to Him? Could we too be glad to see that through the bad that happens we have a chance to see God glorified?
Dear Jesus, we suffer and we hurt. But please help us see that through it we can come closer to You! Help us know that even the worst situations and the worst suffering could lead us to believe more in our Lord! Teach us to trust! Show us the glory You would have us see through our times of darkness! Show us the closeness You would have us seek! Then bring us the joy that comes when the miracles do happen! Give us the supreme happiness that comes when faith is strengthened and our bond is made! Thrill us with the revelation of Gods great plans to restore us to His side! Let us see His hand at work today! Let us see it even through the bad that happens we pray!