So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
-John 11:14-15 NIV
God has an unusual little thing He does. The first time I realized what it was it caught me off guard a little. God seems to really enjoy showing up a little too late and then doing a miracle.
There are many Biblical examples of this peculiar behavior on God’s part. One is when Jesus took an extra few days to show up at the home of his friend, Lazarus, who was deathly sick. By the time He did get to Lazarus, his friend had been dead and buried a few days and was probably pretty stinky.
Yet when the Lord arrives, He he commands Lazarus to come forth from the grave pronto and Lazarus does just that. Both the Old and New Testament stories just keep piling up one right after the other where God is always a few days late, but saves the day anyhow.
He is never caught off guard or moved by any event no matter how bad or good it seems. What He is moved by and seems to even prize is our confidence and faith in His love for us and our trusting His willingness to help us, even in what looks like an impossible situation.
So the next time you get in a tight situation and pray for God’s help there are two things you can be assured of: He’s not going to show up on your schedule, but if you really put your confidence in Him…He’s going to show up for sure!
Thank God that though His timing is not your timing, it’s always perfect.
Praise God for all the times He’s shown up, even when you’ve lost hope.