Lack + Miracle = Eternity

God is so cool! I love that you can read a Bible story that you have read a million times and get something new out of it! Recently I was reading the story of Lazarus and God showed me something beautiful!

The story of Lazarus can be found in John 11.

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out. 45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him.
— John 11

I think that so many times we are grieving things while God is beckoning us to greater. We get so caught up in what's going wrong that we miss the miracle that God wants to do in and through us. The Jews thought that they were going to weep, but instead they had an encounter with their Savior. How Amazing? 

I love this story because not only did Mary see God's goodness and glory, but Mary's miracle turned into the onlookers' eternity. Her lack became her miracle, and her miracle became their forever. I often hear people say that it's not about us, but it's about God's glory. I mean - okay; they can have that. In the grand scheme of things, our miracle may not just be about us, but aren't you thankful that we aren't forgotten in the process? We serve a God who cares so much about us that He chooses to include us in the display of His glory.  

Sometimes we are hesitant to share our struggles because we are concerned with the perceptions of other people. It's time to get over that. People are hurting and in desperate need of a Savior. Let your miracle be the conduit to someone's forever.