“Lord”, Martha said to Jesus if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask. Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. The one who believes in me will live, even through they die. and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. (John 11:21-26 NIV)
As we continue to learn from Lysa TerKeurst book on Finding I am she wrote the following For Jesus to become the way for us when there is no way. For Jesus to be the truth when lies long to be what consume our thoughts. For Jesus to be the life He’s designed on the other side of our crumbling attempts to control our stories. Our God is not fickle, forgetful, or fragile in any way. He does not make mistakes, (Amen) He purposes the gap. He allows sacred spaces and blank places, He leaves room. If we had all the blanks filled in we would explain away God’s part in our story. God doesn’t want to0 be explained away. He wants to be invited in. He wants to make room for His additions to our story. One time God was told, “there is no room” and he turned an ordinary stable into an unforgettable sanctuary. “No room” became a space through which Jesus Christ stepped through glory to the grit and grime of this sin–soaked world. What did He come to bring? Redemption. And what do the blanks and unanswered questions of your life provide space for? Redemption. Jesus is the master of speaking to our hearts. He speaks to us in so many different ways. Sometimes loud, sometimes soft, sometimes he says hard things. Challenging and overwhelming things. Sometimes He says just what we need to hear to calm our souls. Sometimes Jesus speaks to us in ways we may not unde3rstand in the moment but that we desperately need for the days to come.
Maybe all you needed to hear today is this one thing—God still speaks. To each of us, individually, right where we are.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends