So Jesus deliberately allows Lazarus to die so the miracle will be more dramatic.
Now as someone who reads scripture as constructed narrative I know this was not the intended sense of this passage. This was to demonstrate the power of God through Jesus — to establish Christian claims against the unreasonable Jews. To inspire faith and commitment.
But as a modern reader. I cannot escape it. Jesus allowed Lazarus – his friend to die. So the miracle would look good in front of mourners and other witnesses.
And it is hard not to apply this to my own life situation(s). Feeling stuck and in a cul de sac. Waiting for a miracle while I wrestle with my own grave clothes. And I know change is inevitable. I know there will be resurrections and other deaths and other lives. That’s how life works.
But what this passage seems to be saying from the muddle of all that is delays in the inevitable change in the wind is so I’ll feel more grateful when it happens. And knowing that and knowing me — it will likely have the opposite effect.