You will have to agree with me that there are moments in our lives when everything around seems so silent,and the world seems to be on a standstill;the call you expected from so and so was never made,that special date never happened,there is still no response to that long message you sent,the promise wasn’t fulfilled…a dark cloud of hopelessness is all you see,at least during such moments.In our human nature despair might come knocking our doors as if it belongs to them.
I must admit that my last couple of weeks looked like what i have just mentioned,i just couldn’t understand,maybe my expectations of what life has to offer are sometimes too high.Unfortunately,the thorns i had to step on were more than the beautiful smell of roses i felt,i forced myself to remember that in some interior villages,thorns can be collected and used to light a fire,maybe i would as well gather my thorns and light my fire of hope.I have always wanted to figure out the cause of things,why they have to happen in form of A, and not B or maybe C (which should be in my favor) and so i found my helpless self in a meeting,(a meeting between me and my head).I was in the middle of this grand meeting when i was distracted by the sound of my phone,a very dear friend of mine had shared a song with very powerful words which not only encouraged me but also blessed my heart.And how timely this was!! I mean those words were just meant for me.Now open your eyes even wider and lets look at these beautiful words together.
Four days late.
The news came to Jesus, ‘please come fast,Lazarus is sick and without your help,he will not last.’ Mary and Martha,watch their brother die,they waited for Jesus,but He did not come,and they wondered why. The death watch was over,buried four days,then someone said,’He’ll soon be here,the Lord is on His way.’ Martha ran to Him,and then she cried,’Lord if you had been here,you could have healed him,he would still be alive.’ But you are four days late,and all hope is gone,Lord we don’t understand it,why you waited so long,but His way is God’s way,not yours or mine,and isn’t it great? when He is four days late He’s still on time.
Jesus said, ‘Martha,show me the grave.’ But she said, ‘Lord you don’t understand it,he’s been there four days.’ The gravestone was rolled back and then He cried, ‘Lazarus come forth!!’ and somebody said, ‘He’s alive!! He’s alive!!…’ When He’s four days late,and all hope is gone,Lord we don’t understand it,why you waited so long,and His way is God’s way,not yours or mine,and isn’t it great? when He is four days late,He is still on time.
The story of Lazarus has since reminded me to trust in God’s timing.I am encouraged because He sees us even during the seemingly ‘silent times’ and continually watches over us.Too often we loose our trust in Him and yet His word in Romans 18:28 assures us that in all things He works for the good of those who love Him,and who have been called according to His purpose.I know you already know this,maybe you need to be reminded that God is faithful enough to keep His promise.He tells again in Psalms 46:10 ,’Be still and know i am God.’It is obviously not easy to comprehend these words especially during a dark moment,any human being will wonder how a difficult situation is working for their good.It gets over,we just need to put our trust on Him even when things do not make sense.
My prayer for you and me is to find the courage to put our trust in God in all seasons,to remember that His plans are always good,and that it shall be done in our lives,for we are only pieces of clay and He is our porter.God created you without your input and He can therefore be trusted with the details of your life.He is never too late,but just on time,always on time.He has done it for me in His time,and so shall it be for you.
Love,light and blessings!