Briefest of thoughts this morning, post election. I’ve been spending time each morning meditating on the smallest portions of the Gospels. Today was John 11:32-35. What caught me was both sisters’ exclamation, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
What am I asking this morning? you? “Lord, if you had been here, someone else would have been elected.”
“Lord, if you cared or you hadn’t abandoned our sinful country, someone else would be in charge.”
When the girls said it, I found it confrontational and perhaps ignorant of the fact that Jesus intentionally waited 2 days before heeding their call to come because Lazarus was sick. They must have known how long it would take him to get there, and as the days passed assumed he was ignoring them, or that he didn’t care.
But in the following verses Jesus shows his absolute passion and affection for this family. And, as he delayed, he told his disciples that it was so that, “God’s son may be glorified through it.”
This morning, my heart was heavy and I felt it cry, “Lord, if you were here! Lord, if we hadn’t abandoned your principles! Lord, if you hadn’t taken your hand away from our country – this wouldn’t have happened!”
And I heard him clearly say:
I will wait awhile, that this might be for my greatest fame and glory. In the meantime, your calling to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself,” has not changed. Get up today and live as my hands and feet – as you did the day before. I am coming. I am the resurrection and the life. And you will see my greatest glory.
“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”