Red Letter Day 46: Wait Upon the Lord
2015 Lent Blog
Saturday, April 4
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
Today is a strange day in the church. We are stuck in between Good Friday and Easter and nothing happens. That is a lot like life. We as God’s people have to wait. In fact often you may have heard the expression, “waiting on the Lord.” I have often been waiting on the Lord in life.
I began looking up if Jesus ever had to wait. In fact Jesus never waited. I could not find waiting in the same sentence with Jesus. The closest I could find was when Jesus did not depart for Bethany when Lazarus was sick. Then Jesus stayed in where he was for two more days before heading to Bethany. Jesus did this to make the resurrection of Lazarus more dramatic so that he had already been in the tomb for several days. Jesus never waits upon the Lord because he is the Lord. No one waits for themselves.
I think we should approach waiting in the same way that Jesus did. How can we bring glory to Jesus? So often the best opportunities we have to share the message of Jesus occur when nothing is happening. When we are waiting upon the Lord we have an opportunity to be the hands and the voice of Jesus to this world. The other blessing of waiting upon Jesus is that he never disappoints. That is what tomorrow, Easter Sunday, is all about.
In Christ’s Service,