Sometimes I wonder when Christ ever struggled with patience and waiting. I mean, he's wrestled with everything we've wrestled with, right? Was it ever hard for him to wait for something--to exercise patience?
I contemplated this for awhile before God brought the story of Lazarus to my mind.
Lazarus and Christ were friends. Jesus loved him and his sisters, Mary and Martha--they were very dear to him.
So how painful must it have been for Christ, even though he knew God was doing this bigger thing, to let his dear friend die when he knew he could just say the word and heal him--to wait, knowing the pain this would cause to the ones he loved.
But God said wait, so he waited. He knew the outcome and the reasons why just as we sometimes do, but that doesnt always make the process easier does it?
So he let death overtake Lazarus, and heartache overtake his sisters.
I think that was much harder for Him to do than we think.
I wonder, does it pain him to make US wait sometimes, knowing we're hurting but urging us to "suffer for a little while" and "endure just a little longer" before He swoops in to save the day?