Family trips are so much fun. Sometimes we go in one car, but now in our life we often drive two cars. Eydie and I will be in the lead, and the girls will follow. Because Eydie and I are driving ahead of my daughters, we see things that they don’t. We know things that they don’t. So, we call them to give them the insight they need and protect them.
We travel through myriad moments in our lives, not knowing what will meet us on the road. When Mary and Martha faced the death of their brother Lazarus, they were facing the fog that only sickness and death can bring.
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (John 11:9–10, NKJV)
Even though we stumble through the darkness of painful moments like Mary and Martha, the good news for followers of Jesus is that He sees what we can’t see and knows what we don’t know.
In the face of impending danger and difficult challenges, we must cling to Jesus. He is the light that shines in our darkness. He sees what we can’t see, and He knows what we don’t know. To escape the cycle of distress and despair that the darkness delivers, we need to wait with faith on Jesus.
Jesus understands perfectly what our life and death moments mean, and He has the perfect plan to show us more about Himself and God’s power. Because of His love for Lazarus, Mary, and Martha, Jesus went to the family at the moment when His appearance would be most fruitful for them and for God’s glory (John 11:4). Because of His love for us, He moves at the right moment when His miraculous work will be most fruitful for us and God’s glory.
Jesus takes the walk to the tomb and does the unimaginable. He tells the care-takers to roll the stone away. Now Martha reminds Jesus about the facts. Lazarus is dead four days. There will be a smell. And Jesus once again calls her to faith that opens our eyes to the glory of God.
Did I not tell you that you would see the glory of God if you believe? (John 11:40, NKJV).
Although the despair and pain of our lives consume us, we have hope in the power of God brought to us by Jesus Christ. Can you hear those words ringing through the canyon of death’s abyss? Can you feel those words piercing through the shadows in your soul? Jesus has brought us life with God, and through fanatic faith in Him, we experience the love of God piercing the darkness. Jesus calls us to have a faith that is fanatically focused on His power to give life in the face of death. Jesus makes a claim that either places Him on the throne or puts Him in an asylum, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”
Life will belong to all who have His life pulsing through their hearts. Jesus is the answer to our foggy and fragile existence. For Lazarus, there was but one voice he could hear. It was the one voice that could do the unimaginable and the unexpected. It was Jesus.
When we walk with Jesus through the graveyard and tombstones of life, He fills our souls with hope and confidence even in the face life’s frailties. Captured in the matrix of fear, we can hear Jesus speaking into our foggy future. Through faith in Him, stretch out your heart to hear His word of life-giving deliverance. His miraculous work for God’s glory, He gives us confidence that a new day is coming.