She (Martha) came to him (Jesus) and asked, “Lord, don’t you care…” (Luke 10:40); “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.” (Isa. 45:7); “In all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Rom. 8:28)
Lord Jesus, when Martha called your caring heart into question, the context was pretty lame. She felt abandoned to kitchen duty while her sister enjoyed visiting with you.
But when life events contradict what we expect from you, we too feel like asking, “Jesus, don’t you care?” When our kids suffer, the cancer returns, employment goes away, relationships blow up, addiction outlasts recovery, when “darkness hides your lovely face” … those seasons generate vulnerability, faith-crises, and deep conflicted-ness.
Though you don’t always explain or fix things, you will never “crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.” When we’re angry like Jonah (Jonah 4:9), disillusioned like Job (Job.10:15), fearful like Elijah (1 Kings 19:3), doubting you, like John the Baptist (Matt. 11:3), cynical like Asaph (Psalm 73:21-22), despairing of life like Paul (2 Cor. 1:8)… you welcome us, and meet us right there. Hallelujah, and thank you.
The weary find rest in you, long before the Day of “all things new” (Matt.11:28-30: Rev.21:5). Many—perhaps most of us weren’t taught and discipled for a Christian life that includes mystery and suffering before heaven. Grant us sufficient grace and trusting hearts. Jesus, no one cares like you. The Gospel makes that loud and clear. No one cares like you… now and forever. So Very Amen.