Did Lazarus Know?

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…”

About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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4 Responses to Did Lazarus Know?

  1. KtheGreat says:

    Personally, I can speak of times when I all I could say is “Really?…. Again?….” During a conversation with God, I even went so far as to suggest other people that could use the experience (Yes, it was a conversation….not a prayer.) I knew not to ask “Why?”…but I did. I was angry, confused, and felt that my family was getting the shaft! From God’s view, don’t you know I looked like a toddler having a fit in Wal-Mart! He picked me up, dusted me off, and sent me on my way.

  2. GranRie says:

    God is always with his children-he is always looking out for us even when we don’t give him credit. He may not get us out of a situation-but ALWAYS,ALWAYS, will see us through it. When we face a bad decision or choice-God will make a way out for us, we only have to look for it.Thanks for sharing. Love ya girl!

  3. Heidi Britz says:

    I love this post Debbie. I have my moments of being a Doubting Thomas, but I am sure that Jesus was holding both Adam and I in the ICU six years ago.

    • Debbie says:

      I think we all go through times when we doubt that our prayers are being answered. Hopefully and thankfully, we have plenty of times when it is oh, so obvious that they are :)