John 11:1-4 ¶ Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”

One of the struggles that everyone deals with is this, how do you sort things out when bad things happen. If God is good and cares about us and is involved in our lives, how do you handle tragedy. Our natural mind thinks that everything in this world should be perfect, that the Lord should take away all the pain, sickness, and suffering from this world. It is easy to forget that we live in a fallen world that is hostile to God, as a result, stuff happens in all of our lives. Recently, a young man from our church experienced extensive injuries in an ambush in Afghanistan. An IED went off and took two of his legs and one of his arms. This young man is a dedicated Christian, raised in church, and totally sold out to Jesus. This is the kind of story that none of us want to hear. We all hear the unanswered questions in our brain, “Where was God when the bomb blew up? Why is He allowing one of His own to experience such suffering?” These and many other questions haunt us when something like this strikes someone so close to our hearts.
This is what Mary and Martha had faced when their brother Lazarus died. “If He had only been here this never would of happened.” Jesus said something in His response to one of His disciples questions that we need to look at, “this sickness is for the Glory of God.” Of course Jesus was not talking about the sickness itself giving glory to God. He was speaking of what He would do in Lazarus’ life as a response to the sickness. After the death, the sorrow, and all of those tough questions, the Lord displayed His Resurrection power in Lazarus. He always does. Let me say that again. HE ALWAYS DOES!!!. It may not come the way you thought or when you thought, but if we wait upon the Lord He will display His Glory. Many thousands of people have been effected by the story of Lazarus over the years.
Now that brings us back to Kevin. I don’t want to make light of this horrible tragedy, his family is going through more than I could ever imagine. All I know is this, Kevin’s story is not yet finished, as a matter of fact, it is just getting started. The Lord has plans for him. As Jeremiah said, ” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”. (Jer 29:11) Obviously, this is not the plan anyone expected or wanted, but when it all pans out, God will be glorified and all of His sons and daughters will be satisfied. The Lord’s plans tend to become clearer as time passes by, keep your eye on Kevin, the Lord is about to show His Glory.


  1. Soo sorry about what happened.Sometimes tradgedies like this one, can put a fire in others to be more thankful.The courage that will come from Kevin will bless many who are discouraged.It will certainly open the eyes of the ones who are blind to the truth.Kevin will get through this hard time,his family will grow stronger together.Closer than they ever imagined.All glory to God for his power and presence!

  2. Prayers go out to Kevin and his family. I just wanna say thanks to Kevin for serving our country to keep our freedom. Kevin went in knowing the risks involved in serving our country. I ask myself today what am doing to serve the Lord? Am I taking risks or being hush hush about Jesus.

  3. John 5:35 (NASB) – “He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. [There is the glory Pastor spoke of in today’s blog, the burning and shining light (His glory) in the lamp (Kevin).]

    For many of the lost and those children of God which stumbled because of the circumstances of life they find themselves in, Kevin is that lamp that is burning and is shining. He can minister in a mission field that many are unwelcomed. God has prepared Kevin his entire life for this moment.

    I do not know Kevin and do not pretend to understand what he is going through but as he retreats to the one thing that has been and is his unfailing strength, God will reveal His purpose and plans and ask, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

    Romans 8:18 (KJV) – For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us. [more of the glory Pastor spoke of in today’s blog.] This scripture has ministered to me also.

    It is my experience that it is harder on those close to the one God calls than the called. I pray the prayer of Elisha for Kevin’s family and friends.
    2 Kings 6:17 (NASB) – Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

    empty hands raised high

  4. My he art goes out to young Kevin, His story brings tears to. My eyes, Back in 1999 I had two bad accidents, and even though I have both arms and legs,I can’t describe the pain that I go through.I lost my job, which I loved helping children,had severe back injury,diabetes came upon me and I lost sight in both eyes and blindness in one,plague with kidney problems In one moment my full life was snatch away from me. At first I thought my life was over until the perfumer invaded my life with His love. I soon realize that I was in my myrr season andwIting on the perfumer who is Jesus Christ to change the bitter myrr to sweetness just as He did for the children of Isreal when He change the water from bitter to sweet. so

  5. Thank you for this encouraging Post. I don’t know Kevin personally but as my brother in Christ my heart goes out to him and his family. Could someone inbox an address to me. I would like to send him and family members a care box.

  6. Awesome word. I heard someone say one time, everyone wants to have a testimony, but to have it, you got to go through a test. I’ve been praying for the Trimble family and I’m looking forward to hear how God touches their lives. Your blog today encourages me concerning the comparatively minor little issues I’m currently facing. I know God will display His glory in my life as I as I wait on and trust in Him. Thanks again for the timely word.

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