Do you believe me?

What words are you hoping to hear?

What do you need to be told?
What are you longing to be whispered in your ear?

If you finally got the words you were longing for, 

Would they transform you?

Would they give life and hope?

Are the words,

“I’m sorry?”

Are those words,

“I was wrong?”

Maybe the words are, 

“You’re seen?”

Or is that too vulnerable?

Are you longing to hear, 

“You’re loved.”

Martha longed for Jesus to have said something.

She even told Jesus, 

“If you’d been here, he wouldn’t have died.”

Did she hope her accusation would cause him to speak?

Maybe Martha, like us, wanted to hear:

“You’re right.”
“I’m sorry.”

“I didn’t know.”

But Jesus didn’t say what Martha wanted to hear.
Jesus instead gives Martha words she needs to hear.

Words that can heal her pain if she lets it.

“Martha, I am the resurrection and the life.”
“Martha, do you believe me?”

What if the words we want to hear won’t heal our hearts?

And what if the words Jesus gives bring life: 

“My child, do you believe me?”

If you’ve struggled with asking hard questions from God, maybe check out my debut novel: Secrets of the Wildflowers. The main character wrestles hard with God’s goodness in a world that’s chaotic.

Happy reading!

4 thoughts on “Do you believe me?”

  1. From my own experiences, true peace does not come from an “I’m sorry” or “It’s my fault”. Peace only comes from knowing, KnOwInG, KNOWING, who God is, and He has a plan, and He is in control in ALL circumstances. We all think we know that until something happens and we question it all again. There came a point in my life where I had to ask:
    1. Is He who He says He is? (Yes)
    2. Is my faith really what I professed it to be? All of us may need to pray, Mark 9:24 “I believe, help my unbelief.”
    We all have a certain level of belief. But sometimes we need more. Sometimes, there aren’t enough “I’m sorry’s” or explanations that can heal our hearts. The only thing we have left is our beliefnin who He is and what He promises.

    1. I love your honesty!! And appreciate the wisdom in this comment. And I think it comes from walking it, Natasha. Thank you.

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