There are times in our lives when situations, trials, and chaos come in. We ask ourselves “How did we get to this point?” and we tend to also ask God “Where were You?” or “ Why didn't You show up?” We have our own personal Mary and Martha moments, such as the story of Jesus on his way to see them after the death of their brother Lazarus.
"On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet Him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.....When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at his feet and said,“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11: 17-21, 32
I could see them now saying “Jesus, where were you?” or “You knew what was going on, why didn't you show up?” I've had those moments. I've prayed for certain things to happen and sometimes, things didn't go the way I was hoping. In crises we want things to happen our way, we want God to do things the way that we want. We want God to heal, to bring justice, to show up; it's all about ME or WE and not about HIM and HIS PLAN. We want to ask "God where are you, where were you?" And too often we forget about the moments when God calls out to us, "Where are you? and we fail to answer Him. Where were we when God was calling us?
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3: 8-9
We will face downfalls and we will face trials that feel like defeat. Times are coming and are already here that may make you want to hide among the trees--in the world--and not stand out to where God and everyone can see you (even though God sees you all the time no matter what). But God's looking and searching throughout the world asking“Where are you, where were you?”We want God to show up but forget He wants us to 'show up' as well, and not to just show up when we need or want something.
God has called us to be His hands and feet and to use our mouths to bring Him glory and show His love, but many of us have found ourselves sitting on the sideline too afraid of being judged by others, or “stepping on people's toes." Instead we just say we “don't have the time” or we think that we wouldn't be able to change anything in the situations we are in. We want God to show up, but we make excuses about why we can't show up when He's called us to do something. Maybe He's called you to pray for someone, to talk to someone, to preach something. We want God to show up but maybe God wants to show up through US. He is searching and God is calling out, “Where are you?” Are you going to show up for Him?