The events of recent days are enough to depress and confuse anyone. Covid numbers are rising just as another school year is starting, inflation is causing prices to go up on everything, and the situation in Afghanistan is growing more chaotic and tragic by the day. My prayers have gotten longer as I remember family, friends, the military and their families, and our nation repeatedly. It’s heartbreaking at times, and the questions come. Why? When?
I am reminded when I can see no immediate answers, that God’s timing is not ours and we must wait for His moving in His time. The Bible story of Lazarus comes to mind. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus to come and heal their brother who was very sick. Jesus waited for several days before He came, saying that the illness was for “the glory of God, so that God’s son could be glorified through it.” (John 11:4) The sisters got their answer, but it came after the grief of the death of their brother. Jesus healed Lazarus by raising him from the dead – an answer that no one expected!
If, like me, you need a little encouragement today, listen to the song, “Rise Up,” which I discovered this morning when someone else shared it on the Upper Room devotion site. In His way, in His time, God will answer our prayers because He hears every one.