Waiting on God

Lou Lotz

Read: John 11:1-16

When [Jesus] heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer . . . (v. 6)

I wonder how many of us are waiting today, waiting for Jesus to show up in our lives. Mary and Martha had sent word to Jesus, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill” (v. 3). I can imagine the two women looking down the road, squinting off into the distance, thinking: “Come on. Where are you? What’s taking you so long?”

When I served Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our minister to seniors, Dr. Carl Schroeder, once told me about a man very old and very weak, whose life was a blur of pain and narcotics: “He wakes up every morning and he thinks, ‘Why am I still here?'”

Waiting to die. Waiting for a body to be healed. Waiting for a relationship to be restored. Waiting to meet the right person. Waiting to get pregnant. I think a lot of people are waiting for Jesus, staring off down the road, like Mary and Martha, and thinking: “Where are you? What’s taking you so long?”

Waiting on God is not wasted time; it is an expectant time, a time to be alert to how God might be acting in our lives. As Martha and Mary discovered, the Lord isn’t really late at all. He arrives at precisely the right time, to do precisely the right thing. God is at work in your waiting. Something is happening while nothing appears to be happening. Wait for it. —Lou Lotz

As you pray, commit yourself to waiting on God, and ask God to help you as you wait.