Come out!

Maebry squeezed his hand tighter, hoping for some type of sign. The beeping machines next to his hospital bed irritated her like an annoying fly. She wanted to silence the constant reminder of her husband’s condition. Maebry rested her head on his chest.

And wept.

Ten weeks ago, Langford had been in a car accident and suffered major head trauma. The doctors gave her absolutely no hope that her husband would survive, but she refused to give up. The conversation played over and over in her mind like a scene from a bad movie.

The doctor stood with his clipboard in one hand while he flicked the pen in the other. “Our team of doctors have gone over all the test results and we concur. I’m sorry to tell you this, but all indications lead us to believe he’s not going to survive.”

Maebry dropped into her chair. “That can’t be true. If only the ambulance arrived at the accident sooner. He wouldn’t be in this condition.”

“It wouldn’t have helped. Your husband’s injuries were too severe.”

“What are you saying?”

The doctor stopped clicking his pen and shoved it in his front jacket pocket. “We suggest taking him off of life support.”

Maebry slipped from her chair and fell to her knees. “No, I won’t do it.”

Chatter from the nurse’s station brought her back to the present. That conversation was weeks ago. Maebry still held tight to the hope her husband would wake up. She sat at his bedside every day, praying for a sign.

She kissed Langford’s hand. “Please come back to me.”

Beep, beep, beep.

Maebry pounded on her husband’s chest, tears streaming down her face. “Langford, come out of it!”

A gasp filled the room.

She lifted her head. Langford’s eyes were open.

Maebry jolted to her feet. “Honey?”

Do you ever wonder what went through Martha’s mind when she saw Jesus coming after she had sent word to Him of her brother’s illness? Would she have tapped her toe in annoyance at His tardiness? Would she have asked Him, “Why? Why? Why?”

Let’s take a closer look at the story.

Martha asked for help. She didn’t hold on to her pride thinking things would get better. She knew the gravity of the situation and reached out. How many times does our pride get in the way from asking others for help? Pride can be a good thing, but there are times when we need to let it go.

Martha had hope. She didn’t give up when her brother turned deathly ill. She sent word to Jesus. In those days that wouldn’t have been easy. They didn’t have cell phones, the Internet or even cars to take them places. She couldn’t Facebook Him. Someone probably had to set out on foot to deliver the message. She could have just given up but she didn’t. How easily do we lose hope when things get tough?

Martha knew Jesus could heal. She’d seen and heard of the many miracles Jesus had performed. She trusted Him to heal her brother. However, Jesus didn’t arrive in time. I’m sure she was disappointed. She even said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:21-22) What faith! Is ours that strong?

My favorite part of this story is when Jesus said, “Lazarus, come out!” Do you think Martha held her breath in anticipation? Or did doubts tumble through her mind? Did she turn her nose up at the smell when her brother walked out of the tomb? I doubt it. She ran to him!

The story of Lazarus teaches us to never give up hope. Even when the times are tough. Even when we’re faced with what seems like the impossible.

Our hope is in Jesus. He can do anything.

When we leave this earth, will you hear Him say, “Come out”?

What does this story teach you? Have you lost hope in something? Share with us so we can be encouraged.

John 11:23 (NIV)
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin
Listen to the words of this song. It talks about our hope in Christ and how He’s won the victory. One day all those who know Him will rise on eagles’ wings. There will be no more sorrow or pain. Praise Him!

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  8 comments for “Come out!

  1. Kim
    November 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Darlene, I don’t think you will even know how much this spoke to me today!! Thank you!!

    Kim.

    • November 19, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Hi Kim. Thank YOU! There are times when I’m not sure my words come out the way I want them to, so your comment really encouraged me. 🙂 As my mom always used to say, “God is good…ALL the time!”
      God bless,
      Darlene

  2. Eunice Roberts-Brown
    November 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    WHAT A STORY DARLENE. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. The lady I sit beside in Church and I just came back from a whole week of gospel concerts and a Great speaker. This speaker’s name is Jon Bowman. He knows his Bible inside out. You should have heard him. Quite a few people on the ship accepted Christ as their Saviour and the Quartets Singers like Ivan Parker, Chapelaires, Whisnants, Hoppers and many others. 9 groups total were on the ship. Oh I wish words could express what that week. So powerful. Well, back down to earth again and back to work today. Hope you are okay too. Hugs Eunice.

    • November 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Eunice. Sounds like you had an amazing experience and trip. That’s a great group of singers! Thanks so much for sharing and for your kind comments on my blog. I appreciate you following every week.
      God bless!
      Darlene

  3. Diane Spearing
    November 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

    My precious Dar.. what an inspiration.. your writing is such a gift to all who love you!
    Thanks for this .. Great song

    • November 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Di. I appreciate all your support. And…thanks for the idea this week! If there are any others you want me to tackle just let me know. 🙂
      Dar

  4. Julie LeBlanc
    November 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I love the story of Lazarus-what a miracle!! What a great reminder to never lose hope-thank you. Beautiful song!!! Love you lots xoxo

    • November 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Thanks sweetie! It is an awesome reminder of hope. Glad you liked the song. Thanks for following. Love you! xo

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