Today’s sermon was the last of the “When God” series at my church. Today was about when it seems that God is late. Andy used the Lazarus story as the basis of his lesson. The story goes that Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that “The One You Love” is sick. We all know that Jesus loves all of us. Many of us learned that in Sunday school and sang it every Sunday and every Vacation Bible School summer. “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so” …I’m guessing Lazarus knew the Messiah loved him too, even though, his point of reference was much more direct than our’s.
Here’s my question, as Lazarus lie in his bed, his sisters no doubt tending to him tenderly, do you think he began to question what happened to his beloved Teacher? Or do you think, Christ gave him peace? Told him to rest, that He was near? We hear stories even in our present day about people in terrible pain or in unspeakable accidents who somehow survive with memories of peace or being comforted by Christ. I personally cared for a very young child in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit many years ago who came to visit us as he was recovering. He told us he didn’t remember any of us, but he remembered Jesus keeping him company. This is a huge comfort to me. That little boy with a tender and uncalloused soul, felt his Jesus sitting with him.
As I find my way through life, I surely have felt comfort and peace through prayer. I sometimes wonder if as adults we lose the innocence of believing as children. As Christ said, in Mathew 18:3, We must have faith like a little child to enter the kingdom of heaven. Do we become to jaded to believe like little children? As we endure what life gives us, do we remember in the dark what Christ has told us in the Light? Do we know and remember that Our Lord is with us every moment of every day? I know I have had many moments of pain and anguish that I forgot. I am trying every day to remember, to ask for comfort, peace and guidance. Maybe I should just sing that old Sunday school favorite…”Jesus Loves Me, Yes I Know…”