A turn for the worst

The latest storm has tracked much farther south than they were originally thinking.  We’re now in the 8 to 14 inch snow range.  As I titled this blog ‘a turn for the worst’, I was thinking of today’s message in church about when Lazarus died.  Although the message is about a turn for the better because Jesus calls Lazarus back to life.

There are people in Pennsylvania who are thinking the storm took a ‘turn for the better’ because they will get less snow.  It’s the same storm.  Whether you look at it as better or worse depends upon your perspective.  If you live in PA and don’t like snow, it’s good that it moved south.  If you live in PA and wanted snow, it’s bad.  If you live near us and want snow, it is good.  And if you’re like Diane and have had enough snow for six winters, it’s (say it with me) BAD.

Mary and Martha looked at Lazarus’ death as bad.  But Jesus looked at it as good.  When Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick, Jesus didn’t run right to them to help.  Jesus knew that even though it would cause them pain, it would ultimately be good.  God would be glorified and Lazarus would be a better man for it.

Good or bad is often in the eye of the beholder.  It often depends upon perspective.  And even in the times when we can all agree that things have taken a turn for the worst, we can count it a blessing that we worship the God who can take the worst and bring something good out of it.

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