Read the story of the death and resurrection of Lazarus found in John 11: 1-44 (NRSV)
John 11:3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord he whom you love is ill."
John 11:40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (NRSV)
Tola Babalola, from Lagos, Nigeria, had been crying out to God asking for a particular door to open for her, and when the door did not open she grew depressed and doubtful. She began to feel that God did not care about her.
She wondered if Mary and Martha felt the same way in today's reading. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were all friends of Jesus, and John 11 makes it clear that Jesus loved them. Yet when Lazarus was sick and they sent for Jesus, he didn't come immediately and Lazarus died. However, as soon as Jesus got the message that Lazarus was sick, he already had a plan for good, even though things seemed to be getting worse.
This passage of scripture reminded Tola that God also loves her, hears her when she calls out, and is ready with an answer. God is able to fulfill the purpose for her life in God's own time. All she is required to do is to keep believing. The same holds true for each one of us. When things don't go as we planned we just need to keep believing that God is working on our behalf.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for working all things to your glory. When life seems out of control, help us to trust you. We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, "Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial." (Luke 11:2-4, NRSV) Amen.