Tragedy knocks at your door at the most unexpected times. It shows up like an uninvited guest. You know you didn’t invite anyone over, yet your doorbell rings. You proceed to answer and at the slightest opening of the door, it’s kicked in. Tragedy has barged its way into your home. Now the natural thing to do would be to immediately tell tragedy to go, but he’s like a squatter that illegally took possession of your home while you were away, and even the police can’t seem to get him out.
Live long enough and life will throw you a few curve balls that will appear to cause you to lose complete control. Divorce, death of a loved one, or financial ruin can cause one to feel as if a bomb exploded and they are no longer alive or in control. As believers, we have the word of God to lean on to get us through. Yes, this is great, but it does not negate the fact that we must walk through the muddy waters of tragedy while holding on to God’s unchanging hand. Yes, he is our rock and our strong tower but sometimes life hits us like a semi-truck driving full speed ahead. Just because we are rooted in Christ does not mean we do not feel the impact. No, it means God will heal us and bring us back to a better state than before. We must trudge through the pain and recovery while all of hell fights us in the process.
This reminds me of Martha and Mary when they sent for Jesus to come because their brother Lazarus was sick. Clearly Martha and Mary were believers and knew just one touch from his hand would heal their loved one. So Jesus gets word and waits a little too long to arrive and Lazarus dies. Well, upon notification, Jesus made the declaration that Lazarus’ illness would not end in death. Now Jesus had heard from the Father and was 100% sure that regardless to what the situation looked like Lazarus would live. (John 12:49)
Well, if you continue to read the story in John 11 surely Lazarus dies, is put in grave-clothes, and placed in a tomb. I would liken that to someone who has passed away and are in a casket ready to be lowered into the ground. Jesus arrives and the ladies are in disarray. Martha is blaming him for his late arrival and Mary is overwhelmed by emotion and cannot stop crying. This is the part I love the most. Jesus doesn’t rebuke them and tell them to stop being emotional. He didn’t get arrogant and say “Don’t you know who I am.” “If you had only believed you would not be upset.” No, scripture tells us he was moved in his spirit, deeply troubled, and wept. Although, he knew Lazarus would rise from the dead, he was moved in compassion by the situation. I absolutely love this. This passage of scripture helps me gleam the heart of a loving Father who, although he knows the outcome can sympathize with me and meet me where I am. This passage makes me love him all the more.
Once they moved past the emotion of the situation Jesus has the stone removed and commands Lazarus to come out. He simply says, “Lazarus, come out.” Can you imagine the power and the authority that must be in the voice of Jesus to have a man rise from the dead, just by commanding him to do so. Some of us would have called all the elders of the church and prayed in tongues for 10 hours commanding the spirit of death to go. Now, surely that is a way to raise the dead, but Jesus simply walked in his power and authority and commanded Lazarus to come forth. He never commanded life to return, He just commanded him to come forth. Now to me, that’s power coupled with authority.In one moment Martha and Mary went from mourning and weeping to rejoicing and celebrating with their brother. The power of God is unmatchable.
So I say to you where in your life has death visited you? Is it your finances, marriage, children, or your health? Death came and stole from you and now you sit weeping because you feel Jesus did not arrive in time. I say to you whether Jesus arrived on time or seemingly late, what he says lives, will live. Why? Because he only says what the Father says and only does what the Father does. (John 5:19) Although your situation is dead, if God said it SHALL live, then you must walk in that belief until the time of Jesus’ arrival. Yes, you may have moments like Martha and Mary where you don’t understand and your emotions get the better of you. Know that in those moments the Father has compassion for you and is right beside you. He has not forgotten about you but your very tragedy was to display the glory of God in the earth. There is no miracle unless there is a desperate need for one. There is no perfect life but there is a perfect God with perfect timing. God will speak life into dead places at the appointed time for His glory.
Author: Petrina Milan