A Time to Rise
“Then he said, Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.” John 11:11
It is a story we are probably all familiar with. Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, is sick. His sisters send for Jesus knowing their Teacher can heal. Jesus delays his return to Judea until Lazarus has died and then arrives in Bethany to miraculously call Lazarus from the grave. It is the ultimate recount of the power of God wrapped in a happily-ever-after finish.
Yet it is the space in-between that often catches my attention.
The days that the sisters waited, moving from panic at their brother’s illness, to hope in the Healer’s return, to confusion at Lazarus’ death and finally into the physical and heart-wrenching experience of grief.
They believed. They asked. They hoped. They waited. And yet they found themselves lost in the deep pain of loss.
I wonder how many of us can relate.
Those hopes, those dreams, those God-given promises and plans. We have believed in the One who planted them in our hearts, we have sought Him in praise and prayer, we have grounded our hope in the faithfulness of a God who does what He says He will do. And we have waited. And we feel like we’re stuck holding out empty and futile hands of expectation.
But what if right now, at this very moment in time, Lazarus has fallen asleep and Jesus is headed to wake him up?
Today I find myself less concerned with the question of why the gap in between? Why the heartache and surrendered hope and belief?
Today I find myself staring with expectation into the very truth that today, in your life and mine, Jesus is on His way to call Lazarus from the grave.
On His way to breathe life back into the dreams you’ve held from so long ago, on His way to ignite the passion of the promises He has over your life. On His way to show up as the God of power who goes beyond what we can imagine into happily-ever-after finishes.
As I write, I pray these words bring encouragement to your very heart, reassurance to the question of God’s faithfulness and hopeful anticipation for the season He has ahead.
Jesus did not show up the way Mary and Martha anticipated – not in the timeline they had hoped for, not with the immediate outcome they had requested, but He did show up in power beyond what they ever thought possible.
And that is exactly what He intends to do for you.
Be encouraged, my precious sisters, hold your faith out in the fire as long as it takes and rest in the One who calls even the dead back to life.
Kiesha spends her days keeping up with three men – one full-grown and two growing up way too fast. She is learning that God loves to laugh and smile and talk, and that He is so much better than we could ever imagine.