“What’s the Lord doing in your life right now?” I asked a new friend as we sat in the corner of a Starbucks sippin’ on our sweet chai lattes. She looked up at me, scrunching her eyebrows.
“I’m not sure. I haven’t heard from Him in a while…” she replied.
“Have you asked Him for anything?” I was confused.
“No not really.”
The Lord is always working. I know He is, but why is she saying that He isn’t really doing anything?
“So you must be content with where you are. That’s good!”
When I was sitting there asking my friend about the Lord and His hand in her life, I was thinking of my own life. When she shrugged her shoulders and scrunched her eyebrows, thinking of any way the Lord has spoken to her, I was thinking of ways He’s been speaking to me. She knows that He is present, but her life is at a stand-still. He is working on revealing the wonderful things ahead in her life and she’s just waiting patiently for His word. She knows He has a plan prepared for her. She isn’t stressed about the future but is calm and content in the present moment.
Wow. I wish I had her attitude. I’m the kind of person who needs to know what is happening all the time. I need answers at the exact moment: second, minute, hour, day, date, month, and year. I need all of the details so I can prepare myself for what is ahead.
Just like my friend, I have NO idea what the Lord is doing right now. When you think about it, God is already doing so much for us.
THROWBACK: God sent His only Son to die for our sins. Jesus died for the things He wasn’t responsible for. His death brought us so much love, grace, and mercy from our Lord. It brought us Salvation and hope. He tore down the walls of sin that separated us from God and allowed us to have a hope to be with Him once again. (Ephesians 4:14-18; Colossians 1:21-22) We have forgiveness through Jesus’ blood (Colossians 1:14, 2:13)
“When you cannot hear God, you will find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible with absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation.” –Oswald Chambers
In John 11, Jesus knew that Lazarus was sick for two days yet He waited to go see Him. Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness was to glorify God. Jesus didn’t show up until Lazarus was already dead and in the tomb (John 11:4). Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus was dead and that He was glad that He wasn’t there. JESUS SAY WHAT?!
Jesus said that Lazarus will live. Martha knew that there was a purpose behind this and knew that Lazarus would eventually be resurrected at the last day.
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. (John 11:25)
When Jesus met up with Mary and Martha, Mary blamed Jesus for Lazarus’ death. If Jesus was there, Lazarus wouldn’t have died (John 11:32). At this moment, Jesus had compassion and wept with them.
The Jews said, “See how He loved him!” and “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying!” (John 11:36-37) In the end, Jesus brought Lazarus back to life and many believed in Him.
I’m sure Jesus was like, “SMH why can’t you guys just believe in Me.” He made them wait for this miracle to give them time to believe in Him. Sometimes we are blind to the marvelous works of Jesus. Like little children, we don’t understand His teachings. This is an example of how God’s silence is good. It’s a time for us to believe that He will fulfill His purpose and plan. It’s an opportunity for us to see His marvelous works. The Lord provides when we ask, not always immediately but eventually.
In the words of our sweet Jesus,
“Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”