A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.”
It changes the way we pray: "Jesus, the one you love needs provision." I reckon we should always live with His love informing how we see our current need. He saves us into a higher level of faith, putting us in position where we are forced to see His love in a new way.
And it’s there that we are learning that not every delay is a denial. But He is faithfully and intentionally doing more behind the scenes than we can see.
Yes, yes yes! It takes faith even to believe we are loved yet, curiously, it takes experiences of His love if we are ever to believe. It’s a delicate thing, coming into faith, but we have a faithful Shepherd who teaches us to see His love for us in all that He does.