11:25 – I am the resurrection
“Just have faith”
Those three words can weigh so heavily. In times of grief, times of anticipation, and times of waiting, “just have faith” can be some of the hardest words to muster. How can we have faith when there seems to be no hope? How can we have the “faith of Martha” when all seems dark?
In this passage, Martha is grieving with Jesus about the loss of her brother. She says to him, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” In her deep grief, she shares with Jesus that she knows if he asks God, then a miracle would happen. What faith!
This is all great to hear, but I know that isn’t always how God works. No matter my faith, I know that my Nana isn’t going to be at my wedding this summer. So what kind of faith are we talking about here? If God can’t help my situation, what is the point of this faith?
I often think of the vending machine metaphor in these situations. I can pray for anything, but it doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen. God answers all of our prayers; some with yes, some with ‘not yet,’ and some with the answer we don’t want to hear, no. In those hard moments where we hear a ‘no,’ having faith looks like trusting that God will be with us, even when we don’t have the strength to do so.