Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:39-40 NKJV)
I don’t know about you, but I have the audacity to invite God to step in to bring me life in a situation, and then hesitate and draw back when things get messy.
And the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matthew 27:51-53 NKJV)
I know well that no matter how far gone a situation, no matter how long it’s been laid at His feet, the fact that I’ve not yet received my anticipated answer to prayer doesn’t mean that the Lord doesn’t yet intend to surprise me with a response bigger than anything I might have imagined.
Behold, there were very many [bones] in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones … ” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
(Ezekiel 37:1-10 NKJV)
I rejoice that God is bringing life in a relationship I thought dead. I am exceedingly grateful that I belong to a Creator Who delights in bringing life, light, and love wherever He is invited.
Thank You, Lord, for a cache of hope deeper than my doubt.