To borrow an old line from Jim Croce, “If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do” . . . Is to save today, lead worship at Lifepoint Church, present myself at every vital meeting, and still make it over the state line of North Carolina before the most adorable five year old grandson’s birthday fades into history.
Now, where’s that time-in-a-bottle when I need it?
With Easter season upon us, I can’t help wondering if Jesus’ dying friend, Lazarus, didn’t ask, “Now, where’s my friend, Jesus, when I need Him?”
“Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.” John 11:5,6 (NIV)
Two more days? What kind of friend would go about healing everyone else while His loved one languished and died?
“When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:32 (NIV)
We pray, seek, knock, and beg. Sometimes mountains move. Other times we hear nothing. See nothing. Feel nothing. What happens when sickness persists, we lose something precious, and everything is wrong?
Where is Jesus when we need Him?
“Take away the stone, he said. . . . Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God? . . . Jesus called in a loud voice, Lazarus, come out! The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:39 . . . 40 . . . 43 . . . & 44 (NIV)
Jesus resurrected a man four days dead. With that one undeniable miracle the religious leaders were set on a frenzy for murder and our Lord was pinned to a cross. Jesus was not late to save His friend. He was on time to save us all.
So let’s remember, when we’re tired of waiting and demanding our time-in-a-bottle, there’s greater purpose at work.
Oh, and my little grandson may not understand about waiting yet, but his birthday party is scheduled in a few weeks. God willing, his Papa and Yaya will be at his home bearing gifts. His celebration will be an awesome success and he’ll never regret the wait.
So, don’t dare give up. Keep the faith. Trust in His divine timing. Now, shake off those grave clothes. It’s almost party time!
Saving every day,