Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”
We know the story: already dead by the time Jesus arrives, Lazarus is raised to life at Jesus’ command. I am fascinated, however, by the oft-overlooked detail that when he first hears about his friend’s dire situation, Jesus actually waits two more days before going to him. The sister of the deceased complains that their pain could have been avoided if Jesus had shown up sooner.
For all too many, it must seem as if their cries for help go unheard: “Where is God?” Yet elsewhere, Jesus chastised his disciples because they proved themselves incapable of healing and feeding others, who therefore had to wait for him to arrive in person. Called to do “greater works than these,” too often Jesus’ followers have stood idly by as spectators, waiting for God to do something.
Let us stop waiting and instead dare to be Christ’s hands and feet, and to heal a hurting world.
—C. K. Robertson
2012 Lenten Meditations, Episcopal Relief and Development