Sometimes it seem like God missed his opportunity to save you. Find out how to move past the doubt and keep trusting Him!

Lord, If Only

“When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

‭John‬ ‭11:17-22‬ ‭


For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reading the book of John. Can’t really tell you why God has had me there, but I’ve been gleaning so much truth! The other night, I read this passage and it stuck with me.


If I work backwards, let me tell you this story. Jesus was with His disciples and someone came to tell Him that His friend Lazarus was sick and about to die. Jesus refuted the messenger and told him although Lazarus was sick, his sickness wouldn’t end in death. But instead of Jesus rushing and performing a miracle, He stayed where He was. Jesus, the miracle worker, didn’t move.


Can I pause for the cause? There are times in my life when everything looks like it’s falling apart. I call on Jesus, and He assures me that things will work out. But then He doesn’t move. Like seriously? Seriously Jesus?!? How are things supposed to work out if You don’t move? It’s frustrating!


Back to the story. Jesus stayed where He was for two additional days. He tells the disciples that Lazarus had fallen asleep. The disciples were confused. They said to Jesus “Okay. So He’s fine. Let’s just go wake him up then!” They didn’t realize that when Jesus said that Lazarus was asleep that he was really dead. Waiiiiiiit!!!!!!! Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness wouldn’t end in death. But he died. That seems like death to me, Jesus! Ever had God tell you something, but the exact opposite thing happened?


Now here’s the point of the story where we jump in. By the time Jesus made the two day journey to Bethany where Lazarus and his sisters lived, Lazarus had been dead for four days. Many Jews believed that the soul stayed near the body for three days. By day four, the person who had died was really dead. There was no turning back at that point! So now, Jesus, the miracle worker, the only one remotely close to being able to salvage the situation, the one who promised that it wouldn’t end in death, was seemingly in a predicament. They were out of time and out of options.


*insert Martha*


Many times, Martha gets a bad rap. She’s generally remembered as the busy sister. She’s the sister that overlooked who Jesus was in order to keep working. She’s the one that we all think was foolish because she didn’t fawn at Jesus’s feet, but she complained to Him about her sister. She’s the one who we all think just didn’t get the importance of Jesus.


But I don’t think this was the case.


In this account, I feel like Martha a whole lot. She had lost her brother. She had lost something near and dear to her. Even though they sent word to Jesus, He didn’t show up in time. He delayed and all hope seemed lost. Martha said to Jesus “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” I’ve been like that before. Jesus, if only you would have stepped in I wouldn’t have missed the opportunity. God, if only you would have saved me from myself, I wouldn’t be dealing with this mess. Lord, if only you would have helped me, I could be further along in my life. God, if only you wouldn’t have called me to this, I wouldn’t be dealing with debt and facing this trouble!


Lord, if only!


But it’s Martha’s next statement that keeps ringing in my heart. “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:22b


You see, Martha knew something. Although Jesus wasn’t there in the moment of Lazarus’ death, she had faith enough in who Jesus was to know that He was able to fix what seemed like a hopeless situation. She knew that Jesus was able to come through in a desolate situation. She knew that Jesus could bring to life what everyone else thought was dead. She knew that Jesus had direct access to the Father and that He would be able to accomplish the impossible.


We must be more like Martha. She faced the reality of the situation, yet she trusted God. She hoped against hope. Had faith in the dark times. She knew beyond reasonable doubt that if anyone could resurrect her brother, that Jesus could.


I don’t know what you’re facing right now that it seems like it has died. Situations that seem like there is no hope for them. But just like Martha, trust Jesus. Trust that He can and He will do it. Know that God is always right, and God is always for you. Hope against hope and watch Him do the miraculous in your life!


What areas are you fighting with? What are some scriptures that you use to help you keep the faith? Are there areas that you need prayer in? Leave a comment below! I want to hear from you!

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Sometimes it seem like God missed his opportunity to save you. Find out how to move past the doubt and keep trusting Him!


  • Trish

    18.11.2016 at 10:36 Reply

    I really love this post — great morning inspiration! I like your appreciation of Martha and her trust. Thank you, too, for sharing this Bible verse: “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:22b I really needed to read that today.

    • Brittany

      18.11.2016 at 10:54 Reply


      I’m so glad you found truth in God’s word. It’s amazing how he gives us what we need when we need it!

  • Jo-Anne

    18.11.2016 at 11:51 Reply

    Great thoughts! I’m also reading John.

    • Brittany

      18.11.2016 at 17:17 Reply

      Do you have anything that you favor in John?

  • candy

    18.11.2016 at 12:39 Reply

    Lesson learned over and over, turn to Heavenly Father before you need him. He will always be there.

    • Brittany

      18.11.2016 at 17:17 Reply

      Amen and Amen! It’s definitely something that we constantly have to remind ourselves!

  • Christina Shoemaker

    18.11.2016 at 19:05 Reply

    This is a lovely scripture study. Thank you for sharing it. I do also sometimes find myself feeling like Martha. It’s easy to let the world dictate to us what is possible and what isn’t. But we are not of this world and our Lord can certainly do whatever he chooses. And I am thankful for that!

    • Brittany

      20.11.2016 at 21:10 Reply

      Me too Christina, me too! It gives so much peace to know that He’s able to do anything He wants to.

  • Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    19.11.2016 at 13:33 Reply

    I love these thoughts. I agree that sometimes Martha is perceived negatively, but I think we are probably a lot more like her than we let ourselves think. The Lord is there and He is working miracles in our lives even when we think He’s not.

    • Brittany

      20.11.2016 at 21:11 Reply

      I love what you said about Him working miracles even when we think He’s not. He’s always working for us and He’s always on our side. Beautiful!

  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    21.11.2016 at 10:29 Reply

    OH MY GOSH BRITTANY, this post is phenomenal. I can’t even tell you why, but it seriously impacted me today. I needed to read it. I’m tweeting it out immediately. It’s so beautiful and so TRUE…we expect this immediate gratification from Him and whine and complain when we think in our human err that He’s not working, but HE IS. It’s just HIS timing, not ours!! A+ writing…your style is so easy to read and so relatable and GOOD.

    Coming Up Roses

    • Brittany

      21.11.2016 at 11:36 Reply

      Erica, I’m so glad that this impacted you. I’m learning to trust God’s timing. It’s sometimes extremely hard because everything we do seems like it’s bound by time but God isn’t. And He sees the end from the beginning. So we ought to trust Him. Thank you for your kind words!

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