Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:30-44
In this complicated transition process, of moving to a new home and a collection of new jobs, it is easy to set expectations too high and to get hurt when things don't go smoothly. I feel pushed from all sides. We often put way too many expectations on ourselves and on the ones we love. Maybe this behavior began as children, but I often need to remember to let go, to unbind the expectations, and live within today.
Jesus comes to revive his dear friend Lazarus, and it met with complaint and criticism. He didn't get there soon enough, he wasn't God enough to resurrect Lazarus - all over folks were speaking of his miserable failure. He even had to persuade the disciples to roll away the stone. Despite it all, he was empowered by God to bring his friend forth, and he asks them to let him go, to unbind him. Our humanity often gets in the way of our Godly gifts, and we are invited today to let go of our human expectations and set our hearts to beat in rhythm with God's heart.
Today I ask God to help me unbind the people and expectations I have put too much pressure on. May we turn our hearts to listen to where God is calling us and to let go of the unreasonable and binding expectations we have. May our lives be signs of God's presence, as we trust completely in the possibility of new life.