Forgiveness...a state of letting go.
What about forgiving, God?
The Lord confronted me with this challenge and I found it hard to accept. He showed me the story of Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
When word was sent to Jesus, friend and wonder-worker to come quickly, for the 'one he loved' was sick. He delayed, so long that the 'one he loved' was dead three days.
What could possibly have gone through the hearts and spirits of the bereaved sisters? Anger. Disappointment. Abandonment...
'If you were here, Lord, my brother would not have died'
You said you loved him, but came not when we called.
You said call to me and I will hear you in heaven...but answered not. For days. Weeks. Months. Years.
I will protect you, you said but here I am still broken by life...
The same refrain and sorrow.
When Martha met the Lord, she was in need of forgiving the Lord. It was the only way she could have received the Lord's blessings and allowed his power to raise Lazarus.
Is it possible to forgive God? Can a good, merciful, gracious God have erred us so bad to be needing forgiveness.
No. But in our minute humanity and brokenness, we need to forgive God and let go of our bitterness to allow him to make a miracle out of our dead hopes.