“When he heard this (the sickness of His friend, Lazarus), Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
John 11:4, NIV
Have you ever noticed when you are flying, you look at everything from a different perspective? Once, as we were coming in for a landing, I noticed a huge traffic jam on the expressway. There was chaos as traffic was backed up for miles. As I glanced beyond, I could see what they could not see – clear, moving lanes. I knew the problem would be taken care of quickly. When the plane landed and I proceeded to my car, I had a completely different perspective than the average traveler on the expressway.
We are earthbound creatures, but if we could somehow look down upon the traffic jams in our lives, we would react much differently. Our perspective makes all the difference. Do we see our problems from above through spiritual eyes or from ground level?
In the story of Lazarus’ death and resurrection, both perspectives are evident. We see the ground-level perspective in Mary and Martha and the divine perspective in our Lord. Lazarus’ death is symbolic of the extremes we encounter in life, the difficulties that come to all of us, whether the death of a loved one, the loss of our position, or the rebellious actions of a child.
Our Lord’s approach shows us how our Heavenly Father deals with us in the midst of the problems we face. From ground level it sometimes appears to us that God does not care. There are times when it is very difficult to keep believing in the goodness of God.
John 11 elevates our perspective. How can we earthbound creatures come to understand God’s love? We must recognize that we can never fully comprehend His complete workings. When delays and hardships come to us, we cannot expect to know all the details, the answers, or the reasons. Our relationship is one of trust.
QUESTION: Is there a traffic jam you are stuck in? What perspective do you have on your life? Are you looking from the midst of the traffic jam, or are you seeing it from above? Perspective is everything!