Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.
After Jesus heard that Lazarus was ill, He lingered where He was for two more days. To God, there is never any need for hurry. He is outside of time, and is not fettered by hours or minutes or days or millennia. He can see the end from before the beginning. In fact, He IS the Beginning and the End. In Him, all things consist, and without His sustaining presence, there would be nothing—no time, no matter, not a man nor a molecule. He is in complete control of the universe, commands the stars and planets at His will, so how can we be fretful? Why do we chafe with impatience that He does not come sooner? Why do we worry that our God must act now before it is too late? It was certainly too late for Lazarus, by the world’s standards, but that only served to better showcase the amazing power of God. When God seems to be lagging, when we feel He has missed the deadline, we need to remember that He is seeing a much bigger picture. There is an old saying, “Where there’s life, there’s hope.” But with our Jesus, there is hope even beyond life! There is no reason to stop hoping, even in the face of death. Our Savior met death in its own arena and vanquished it, once for all. For you, for me, He conquered that life-grabbing, soul-destroying adversary.
He never fumbles, He never fails, and He never misses the boat. He can see the ripple effect of your current circumstances, how it will affect not only you, but also people you may never know. He stands astride the great unknown, seeing all the world that we know, all the time that ever was and ever will be. He understands the way each of our lives weaves into the whole fabric of His plan, in the same way that each cell in our bodies performs its own function. Our God sees it all, from start to finish, from horizon to horizon, and all of His creation works together to give Him glory. All in HIS own good time.