Thought for the Day – H. Nouwen on Waiting

A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.”– Henri J.M. Nouwen

The Gospel of John describes a time when Jesus received word that his dear friend Lazarus was deathly ill. Yet, instead of rushing to his friend’s aid, Jesus waited. The Book of John describes it this way: “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.” (John 11:5-6) Of course, we know the story—Jesus performed a resurrection-style healing of his friend. But at the time, his friends didn’t know that. His delay may have felt to them like indifference. In fact, Martha put it right out there to Jesus. “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21) We might identify with Martha’s frustration in waiting for God. What we often forget, however, is that God is waiting too. Even though he loved them, he allowed the agony of their waiting and loss in order to show an even greater demonstration of the love he had for his friends.

Your thoughts? In what ways might God be waiting with you to reveal His love during a trial you face?

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