Chapter 11 of the book of John, is a story of death – the story of Lazarus. Lazarus was loved by Jesus. It even says in verse 35 that Jesus shed tears over his friend and the situation.
So, let’s go back for just a bit. Lazarus had been sick. It must have been severe because his two sisters from Lazarus’ village, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus that “the one you love is sick.”
Their message not only does this implied their belief in Jesus’ healing powers, but as women, they used an emotional plea, because Lazarus was not just a friend – but more like family. Jesus does get the word that Lazarus is sick. At this point, you think Jesus will head straight to Lazarus and heal him. But, Jesus doesn’t go. Instead, he says, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” So, Jesus stayed for two more days.
When Jesus finally arrives on the scene, Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Many people from their village and surrounding villages were there weeping and grieving. Both Mary and Martha lament over the belief that their brother would still be alive if Jesus would have been there.
The story moves on to the place where Lazarus was in a tomb. Jesus tells them to take away the stone sealing the tomb. Martha tells Jesus there will be a bad odor for Lazarus had been dead four days. Jesus then says, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So the stone was moved and Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” Jesus then called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” And … he did.
What in the world does this have to do with being a step mom in a blended family? Well, let’s look at a few points.
First off, Jesus loved Lazarus. Jesus loves you. Jesus wants you to have a wonderful personal relationship with Him. He wants to sing over you – and even weep over you as He did Lazarus. He will even work around time and tribulations that want to keep us dead and down.
Secondly, things are not always as they seem. Lazarus was the earthly vessel used by God to help strengthen the disciples’ belief. Lazarus’s death was used to show others the power, glory and majesty of God through His Son, Jesus.
If you are in a season of trial and struggle, send word to Jesus. He may not answer right at the second, but you can believe that there is more going on than meets our human eyes.
Thirdly, this was a very smelly situation. Decay. Decomposition. Death. And yet, this was not the final answer. The ending to this story is a miracle – a beautiful miracle to remind us that nothing is outside God’s power and plan for our lives.
I’ve been through some very smelly situations in my blended family. In fact, everyone on this planet goes through the ugliness of life, the stench of disappointment, and the heartache of unmet dreams.
Jesus will be right on time to act and work in your life and situation. Wait for Him. Watch for Him. Welcome Him. If you have been dead in your marriage or family, He will come. You will breathe again.
Blessings in your Blending!