Last Sunday, during our Zoom church service, we sang 'Counting Every Blessing' by Rend Collective. The chorus has the refrain, 'You are good to me.' We have heard similar statements many times before but, last Sunday, those words seemed to bring alive in me the truth that God really is good to us. However dark and difficult our circumstances may be, He is always being good to us because that is His nature - He can't be anything else but good to us. In our difficulties, He is always longing for us to receive His comfort, His love, His strength and His sustaining.
In John chapter 11 we read of the death of Jesus' friend, Lazarus. We read that Jesus 'was deeply moved in spirit and troubled' (v33), 'He wept' (v35) and again, 'Jesus, once more deeply moved' (v38). Evidently, Jesus was really, really upset. He suffered - really suffered. But although He was so distressed and really experienced strong human emotions, He did not allow Himself to be overwhelmed or paralysed by them to the point where He was distracted from carrying out His Father's will. He still went on and raised Lazarus from the dead. Whatever dire situation Jesus found Himself in, there was always a sense that He was the One who remained in command of it. I've always struggled to understand the Martha and Mary passage (Luke 10:38). I could understand that Mary would want to sit at Jesus' feet and listen to Him but I also sympathised with Martha's point of view that she shouldn't have to get the lunch ready on her own and was perhaps feeling 'wound up' that Mary wasn't helping her. Someone shed some light on this passage for me when they commented that Mary was doing what Jesus was doing - at that particular time, she was in the right place doing the right thing.