Have you ever felt as though God ‘missed’ the bus? or as though the bus had serious technical difficulties and as a result He was too late to save the situation? If only He had come a few minutes, hours, days and months earlier, He would have saved the day; but the situation that was dire two days (weeks, months, years) ago, is now on the verge of rotting.
Mary and Martha knew this feeling all too well. They had sent word out to Jesus that their brother, the one He loved was critically ill. They expected that Jesus would be there PRONTO, I mean, He was more than their teacher, He was their friend. They expected Him to be there in their hour of need. However, that was not the case. Jesus took days to come and by the time He was getting there, Lazarus was already dead, what Jesus referred to as falling asleep lol. So much for healing the sick, He had missed the healing window and now it was a completely different story.
Martha was not afraid to express her disappointment.
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21)
She did not let that fact deter her from believing the truth
“But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:22)
Jesus went on to raise Lazarus from the dead. You can catch the full story in John 11.
Yesterday, was August 28th, 8/28. A date of such significance, I will explain why in a bit. I really wanted to blog about it, but I was not able to, the day got super busy. When I was speaking to God about it in the evening, He explained to me that though it was a day late, it was still ‘8:28′.
I have a dear friend who introduced me to’ 8:28′ a few years ago. For her, it’s more than a concept, it is a way of life. It is the truth about her life; her perspective of life and faith changed once she started believing wholeheartedly in the 8:28 principle. If you’ve spent a few hours with her then you will definitely leave thinking about ‘8:28’ 🙂 .
Romans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Basically ‘8:28’ means that because we truly and wholeheartedly love God and believe that He has called us according to His purpose we know that He will work our EVERY single thing/circumstance for our good. Easier said than done, aye? Even in the situations that He is a day late or altogether doesn’t seem to show up, He is still working it all out for our good.
Unless I acknowledge that God sees the bigger picture without the blind spots, I wont be able to trust His plans for me. I know this all too well. 2014 has been my year of learning the ‘8:28’ principle, internalizing it and now living by it. I have cried and found rest in His arms and His plans. This does not mean there are no curve balls along the way or turbulence in this ride, it just means that I trust His heart and His plans for me.
The curve balls are sort of like Joseph in the prison, and the shepherd in the book ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coehlo as he works in the crystal shop. These events did not seem like they were ideally part of the bigger picture, but God turned them around for their good.
So the date August 28th is a reminder of the reality of the ‘8:28’ principle. Even though the post is a day late, ‘8:28’ still remains.