Prayer: When we make our needs known to you, God, help us to know that you will answer in your time. Amen.
Reading: John 11:1-45 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: This weekend, I had the great pleasure and incredible honor to be a groomsman at the wedding of one of my best friends. Our association is through camp and it was great to not only help him through his jitters this weekend but also to spend time with our mutual friends.
Both he and I got married at age 35. We both were out on our own for a number of years before finding our future spouse. I know I can speak for myself that there were times when I wondered if I’d ever find that person. I’m sure he had the same thoughts. But we waited. We didn’t settle for the sake of getting married but waited until we found the right person. And, I think we both are glad we did, as we found the person we were meant to be with and our lives are better because we waited.
Last week at the mid-week Lenten service at our church, we talked about the Lord’s Prayer and the fact that when we pray to God, God can answer us, “Yes,” or “No” or “Maybe Later.” In our story today, we are reminded how Lazarus’ family wanted Jesus to get right to it and show up and do something. But Jesus said no. He said to wait. He had bigger plans that he wanted to show the people. They were inpatient, but God knew what needed to happen.
In our lives, it is hard to wait. We may pray for a mate, we may pray for healing, but often we feel our prayers are not being answered. Know that God’s time is not always our time. God may have bigger and better plans in store. We just need to trust God and wait and see what happens. It may be hard but the blessings may be even bigger. Wait for God. I bet you’ll be glad you did. –Chad Hershberger
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