Jesus did a lot of walking. I have yet to find a passage saying he “ran” or “hurried”.
My prayers often involve requesting a hurried response or to resolve something right away. Very rarely are they answered in the time frame I’d prefer. And honestly, it frustrates me sometimes.
He cares, and he also exists outside of time. He can see what I can’t see. He develops my character through trials, allows my faith to mature, redeems in time what feels lost or useless.
This story always blows my mind (you've likely heard the ending, but maybe not how it started):
“So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “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 when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” (John 11: 3-7)
Feels risky (and quite rude?) to delay 2 days when someone he can help is dying…right?
So by the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been dead and in the tomb for 4 days already.
Soon we get the shortest verse in scripture: “Jesus wept.”
I’ll let you read the story for yourself, but fast forward a little and Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.
For real, it’s history.
Here’s my prayer:
Lord give me the patience to stop trying to run when I feel too anxious to walk with you. Help me call to mind all the trials you’ve carried me through…
…on your timeline, not mine
…in your way, not mine
…for your glory, not mine.