Saturday, 20th March
Reading John 11:17-27
‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have diedJohn 11:21
How many times do we use the phrase “if only”?
If only you had done this…..
If only I had ….
It can create a sense of regret, of blame, and of guilt. Dwelling long on such ifs is helpful to no one. The past is impossible to change, the words we say and things we do have happened and we need to instead of looking back think ahead. The pie in the oven that we failed to take out when the recipe said to is burnt, sure I can chip the black bits off the edge but I cannot de-burn it, and so must live with the bitter taste, assuming it is still edible. But I can next time set a timer, I can be more attentive to what’s happening in the kitchen, I can ask someone to help. We can change the future path. We can resolve to act in time, we can choose to live differently in a way that shows something more of the kingdom of God.
Jesus actually allowed himself to arrive late, he takes the blame, but then he has a greater plan that we don’t always understand, but will see a glimpse of as the story continues.