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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Our time vs. God's time- chose one- youre on the clock!

John 11:28-45 (NRSV)

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

As I read this text today immediately thought about all the times I had the gall to get upset and angry at God for not giving into my demands on my schedule. The truly disappointing fact to admit is that I have done this more times than I care to count. At first glance I wanted to be upset with Mary and Martha in not trusting and waiting on God but how can I when I have done the same thing in lesser important situations. Therefore my prayer today is to always allow God to work on Gods time and put my personal time line on the sideline of life. Moving forward I choose to live on God's clock. I pray you do the same also.

Dear God help us to choose your time line for our life, and not be impatient but ever faithful. This we pray in Jesus name. Amen.

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