Last week I read the story in John about Mary and Martha. It’s a story I’ve heard before but this time I saw it in a different light. (I love that about stories from the Bible! I can re-read them and they’ll jump off the page and speak to my heart in a fresh way!)
Mary and Martha were faced with a painful situation and, much like many of us, they felt like Jesus didn’t care about what they were going through. Their brother, Lazarus, became sick so they sent word to let Jesus know, especially because they knew He loved Lazarus (John 11:3).
Instead of leaving immediately to see his sick friend, Jesus stayed where he was for two days. On His way to see his friends, Lazarus died.
As Jesus neared the city, Martha went to meet Jesus while her sister, Mary, stayed behind. The Bible doesn’t say this, but perhaps Mary didn’t go to meet Jesus because she was too upset and deep in her grief. I’ve been there, haven’t you? There have been times when I’ve been to upset and didn’t want talk to anyone, even Jesus.
When Martha saw Jesus she said, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” In the midst of her pain she shared from her heart and had a honest conversation with Jesus.
I’ve had plenty of honest conversations with the Lord, especially during difficult situations. As long as we come to Him reverently, I think that He is okay with our honesty! After all, He already knows what we’re thinking.
Mary finally went to see Jesus. She was still distraught and, just like Martha, she also told Jesus that Lazarus wouldn’t have died had He been there. I love the next verse because it shows Jesus’ compassion.
“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled…Jesus wept.“
Oftentimes it doesn’t feel like it, but these verses in John 11 assure us that the Lord cares deeply for us. He knows exactly what we’re going through and the pain we’re facing. And just like He was with Mary and Martha, He is deeply moved by our circumstances and what we’re walking through. It may not feel like it, but He’s walking right beside us through our pain.
No matter what you’re walking through, know that Jesus cares and loves you more than you’ll ever know!
Have you ever been like me and felt like Jesus didn’t care about your painful situation? What made you realize that He does care?