I find myself repeatedly asking the question, “what are you doing?” if I am unable to see the logic in someone’s actions. I want to know what they are thinking and why they are doing what they are doing. I want to know the outcome they are going for. Sometimes it’s really none of my business nor of immediate consequence to myself, yet I WANT to know!
When Jesus asks Martha to remove the stone I can see her processing what He’s saying and trying to follow where He’s going with this. I see her wanting to know what He’s doing and why. His actions seem ridiculous to her, Jesus seems to have forgotten that a man dead for four days does not smell pleasant!
Jesus replies in a frustratingly vague manner, He says that if she believes she will see the glory of God…. well what does THAT mean?! I suppose it’s like when we reflect on promises that tell us God has good things in store for us and a future for us… What does THAT mean?!
In that vague place, when I don’t know what God is on about, will I act like Martha and remove the stone, even if I have no idea what’s going to happen. Will I trust that whatever it is will be good, and worth the risk of some seriously pong-y air!
God, help me to let go of control and to trust you even when things are unclear. Thank you that no matter what it looks like you DO know what you are doing and are doing it for a good reason! Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh