This is when I must remember how much God loves me, and that he has sent others into my life to help me through the hardship. Putting on a brave face and saying, “I’m fine,” when others ask how I’m doing only shuts the door on potential growth.
John 11:5 begins with a bold reminder: Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. When we are tempted to refuse help from others, let’s be reminded that God uses those in our lives to show his love. Let’s invite other women into our hurt and allow them to minister to our needs. Responding well when others reach out will both help us heal and strengthen our relationships with those we lead.
2. In the midst of uncertainty, trust God’s plan.
“Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light’” (John 11:9–10).
In these words to his disciples, Jesus emphasized the uncertainty of returning to Judea to see Lazarus. His disciples feared for their safety, but Jesus encouraged confidence. Often times our leadership roles take us through the unknown. When we have no idea what lies ahead, we must trust God’s plan more than ever.
I once heard God’s plan for us described as a plane flying high above the earth. Looking down from above, the pilot sees the intricacies of intersecting roads. In the same way, God designed every path, detour, and intersection. He sees the big picture, where we only see what’s just ahead.
When my friend passed away, her absence left a void in my heart and also in our church. She did so much for so many. I couldn’t see how that emptiness would be filled, but God always sees the big picture. I knew through this terrible loss, God would ultimately be glorified. My job was to trust his perfect plan. As affliction comes our way, the best thing we can do is trust Jesus to light our path. We will not stumble if we stay close to him and depend on his guidance.
3. Run to Jesus for comfort.
“When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home” (John 11:20).
Ministry life means being surrounded by people. We make ourselves available, sometimes forgetting to set aside time to be alone with our Savior. Difficult situations call for even more quiet time to let the comforting presence of Jesus soothe the weariness we feel.