“TThe pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.”
― C.S. Lewis
Even a brief time in this world confirms these words. Experiencing a great love and loving greatly is to also risk great pain. To experience a great joy is to risk a great loss.
Jesus and those he loved lived this great risk. Meet Lazarus, Maria and Marta the beloved friends of Jesus. See how they handled the risk and grief of their great love and joy.
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. John 11: 1-6
We learn from Jesus and His beloved friends that in the presence of sickness we must stay still, wait and know we have been loved and are still loved. We must know that the Will of the Father, the Word of the Son and Wind of the Spirit are greater than the weakening of our mortal will, words and wind. The risk will be rewarded by the ressurrection.
We learn that at the right moment we will be called back from sickness or death to full health by the will, word and wind of God. Sickness and death do not have the final word over us. The Father’s love in Jesus by the Spirit will call us back to life and love.
The contrast of good and bad that surrounds us is here for now and so is the risk we take when we love or are loved. In Christ we see that love never dies and will never let us die. So, we risk being loved and loving. “That’s the deal.”