How can we be sorry for good friends who are coping with what seems like misery……when they are not sorry themselves for the same perceived tribulations? How do we express pity or sympathy when what they are going through is more valuable than gold? But we are human. We understand another’s woes. Or do we?
When the Lord Jesus was reminded that Lazarus was nigh dead, (as if He didn’t know that they were already wrong) He had to face the seemingly aloofness considered by Mary and Martha. He did not care! Why doesn’t He go, Now?
Fact is, He did care. He does care. And the misunderstanding of a greater purpose, and the misappropriation given to the Lord by the dear women was not lost on Him, after all, He knows what is in man. But did not the Lord of glory say ‘I am the resurrection AND the life?’ He did. There was no question as to this, as He was full of proof, as the evidence of His words and actions needed no sermon.
Unknown to them, their brother died. Lazarus would live again, but first………..things in life needed attended to while Lazarus slept. Amid the darkness, life would go on. Circumstances, lack of faith, failing faith, imperfect faith which tends to see things through the deceptive bent straw in the water-glass. God has no bent straw, but allows us the gift of perception: if only the women knew at the time, that the Lord’s lack of action was really for their very good, that He is mistake free, and perfect.
He understands our weaknesses, our attitudes during crisis, and like a faithful spouse, He will never leave nor forsake us. So when we tend to our friends or family who are dead to the world so to speak, with tubes, iv’s, monitors, if only they knew how great love demands such attention, when nothing can be given in return, just the mere presence of loved ones speaks to the Presence of God’s unfailing promises, that His chastisements are NEVER punitive, and that sometimes, words are not necessary.
God does not punish His children with a whipping stick. A father who paddles his son for almost setting the house on fire does so NOT to punish him, but reminds him in a way that no other can, and the old wordsmith Webster had it correct. Chastisement is always with a view to restoring the correct relationship. It is never one-sided and vengeful. A child who loved his father would hardly want to burn down his house. 30 years later, a child will understand.
So among that distance that Mary and Martha thought the Lord could not bridge, they would be within inches of understanding the greatest truths of all time, but tears and not knowing the bigger picture of the Lord’s will had clouded their judgement, and they actually thought the Lord did not care.
Of course He cared, the same way He cared when He slept in the boat while the disciples thought they were going to drown. But did He not say ‘Let us go to the other side,’ being fully aware of an impending storm? Oh yeah, He said that, and He knew, and He knew what was coming during this learning trial of faith: ‘Master, do you not care that we perish?’
Uh fellas. ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not ………….’ So they, like the women, and like us on occasion, see the waves, and a possible funeral; hopeless and helpless are we. But perhaps there is a greater purpose, one that, if we had not gone through such a trial, would be oblivious to the ‘rising again,’ or the moving of mountains, or the walking on water. The funeral is for another time.
Indeed. There is the nearness and dearness of the three, not that the Lord loved the others less, but that He took Peter, James, and John inside- He also took them to the high mountain- He was, He is, I am, and after Jesus wept because of Adam, His friend Lazarus arose, just as He said. Of course. After all, God is well aware of seed-time and harvest, but more so, He knows of filial love between family, He careth for you. Primus inter pares and all that.
So while you and I may be sorry for so and so who goes through hell on earth for a zillion reasons, just ask they who sit in ED beds, OT rooms, CTICU units, OR waiting rooms, CHEMO treatments, there is a whole lotta ‘nearness and dearness’ going on that spouses and family would not trade for all the tea in China.
Casting all your cares upon Him, because He careth for you. There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. He will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Ye are of more value than many sparrows….bless them little birds.
(Was going to drop a comment at a friend’s place, but the more I thought about the subject at hand, I wasn’t sure how to condense it, so as it is, this is a tribute to that post, and her as well. Some blogs are good, others very good, some lousy, some noise, others a symphony, if you do not know of the wit, whimsy, woo, and wonder as found in hearts saturated in truth, go have a visit.)