There is a fascinating commentary on Jesus' response to news of his friend Lazarus' illness found in the eleventh chapter of John's gospel.

The King James Version of the Bible puts it like this: "Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, therefore when he heard that he was sick, (Jesus) stayed two days longer where he was." (John 11:5-6)

An interesting word "therefore," wouldn't you agree?

We would have expected this passage to read, "therefore Jesus hurried to Bethany to be with his friends," or "therefore he prayed and Lazarus was immediately healed."

But Jesus did neither of these things. Rather he waited two days, and then he went to Bethany.

There is, I believe, an important lesson to be learned here.

Sometimes love sees best to let us wait. This isn't necessarily good news for those of us who are often impatient. But when we wait in faith for the fulfillment of God's promises, good things can happen.

Healing can take place. A clearer vision of what is most important can be obtained.

A broader understanding of the true meaning of life can be received. To a grieving Martha Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life." In her waiting, Martha found this to be true.

Autumn is a season in which life, in many respects, slows down and the necessity of waiting is enhanced. But like Martha, in waiting we can receive a vision of the life provided in Christ in which all waiting is over - in the words of a contemporary hymn, "something God alone can see."

May you discover this truth during your times of waiting in this and all seasons.