We put food in the microwave and start tapping our fingers as we watch the last 30 seconds tick down. We have to lane swap multiple times in peak hour just to beat another car to the next red light. We drink instant coffee and eat fast food.
How many times do we catch ourselves being impatient?
We are in a hurry there is no doubt.
How often do we “take time to smell the roses”? When was the last time we just sat in a mall for a couple hours just watching people go by on their busy errands? When was the last time we baked our own Anzac biscuits? When was the last time we just sat and watched a sunset or sunrise? When was the last time we actually walked to the shops just 5 minutes away? Even now, how strong is the temptation to read this a bit faster to get to the end and find the good bits?
When Lazarus died messengers were dispatched. One days journey to where Jesus was and one days journey back. The message was urgent. Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus dearly. If it was me who received the message, I would want to get there ASAP.
Not only that, Jesus also knew that Lazarus was going to be raised from the dead to bring Glory to His Father.
When Jesus heard it, he said, “The final result of this sickness will not be the death of Lazarus; this has happened in order to bring glory to God, and it will be the means by which the Son of God will receive glory.” John 11:4
Even more reason to get there quick. But what does Jesus do?
Yet when he received the news that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. Then he said to the disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” John 11:6,7
Stayed two more days?!
Jesus was about His Father’s business. Wherever he went was intentional. He only did as He heard from the Father. Jesus only moved when the Father directed and not as circumstances dictated or as people demanded (like Martha & Mary in this case).
How intentional are we?
When I begin to think on how I too am on my Father’s Business, it makes me wonder why I get caught in the trap of, say, swapping lanes in traffic to get to my destination faster. Am I doing this because the Father directed me, or, am I doing it because it seemed like a good thing to do at the time – i.e. the circumstances are that I didn’t plan the trip well and I’m running late!
As I take pause and reflect, I realise that a lot of my life can be dictated by circumstances and not through obedience to the Father’s Will. Is it any wonder why we question the circumstances we then find ourselves in!
Now for the main point for today, the life changing tid-bit that will transform your life…
Sorry, I gotta go and leave you to your own thoughts.