If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Mystery of God's Timing

I was thinking today about the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead and how Jesus strategically waited until he was dead to visit.

You see, I still don't understand why we had to wait so much longer than everyone else for our RA/LOA. I know 10 days is a little quick for me to expect God to unveil His entire plan, but I can still wonder. So back to Lazarus..,

Jesus could have healed Lazarus from where he was like He did with the official's son in John 4:49-50 so it wasn't that He was busy doing something else and raising him from the dead was what had to happen since He didn't get there on time. No, He was strategic in his waiting. I have this new appreciation for how Mary and Martha must have felt wondering why on earth Jesus would not do this NOW!

I believe Jesus chose His timing strategically because it was in raising Him from the dead that Christ was most glorified. Also I find it important to note that He also could have raised him from the dead from where He already was, but in going there and comforting Mary and Martha, He showed how much he cared about what they were going through.

I wonder how God is going to be most glorified in our situation. Is He going to perform a miracle and get our TA here by July 3rd so He can be most glorified in the end like He was with raising Lazarus? I have no idea, but I want to know. Like Mary and Martha, I have felt His comfort in the last days and I look forward to seeing how it will all wrap up.

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39"Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." 40Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I 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."

43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."

Now I need to go and bathe my dog because I was inspired by my friend Jenn's blog and I made the mistake of mentioning it to Sam (4 year old) who now has a handful of bath toys ready for Max's bath and he is yelling from downstairs that he is "weady to give Max de bath".
Should be fun!



Barb Hardeman said...

To me the pivotal part of the verse is that Jesus was deeply moved. Oh, how He relates to us! "He knows you, He sees you, He loves you" are the words in a Twila Paris song. I have to say them over and over to myself all the time. He knows me, He knows my frame, He knows my thoughts even from afar. And He rejoices over me with singing - isn't that simply amazing. He is rejoicing over you with singing, as you struggle to follow in obedience and complete faith (no sight here, right?) He is singing over you!! What will you sing over Ruthie when you first see her, and as you work at making a bond with her? What will be your song?

Roeh Family Update said...

Ginny!! Tom and I are praying for you guys to get your TA VERY SOON! I have been following your journey with little Ruthie and praying fervently with you each step of the way. Press on girl, you are doing a great job for your family...all 5 of you!

Joy Davis Roeh

Happy Mama said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this!! It was just what I needed to hear as I wait for LOA (and I'm only on Day 46). I've been feeling Him asking me to trust on His timing, but it can be so hard to understand why it's best to wait sometimes. I believe I was led to your words today for a definite purpose - so thank you. I will be praying for your TA to come SOON!!!

Hmschlngmm from RQ

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