recent one started with a letter to readers with these introductory questions? "Have you ever specifically prayed
for something, only to have the situation get worse?" She listed 'health to improve', 'a job to be more
productive', 'your child's well being".
"Things got worse for May and Martha," she penned. First, telling Jesus their brother Lazarus was sick,
following with 'please cone. Do something. Help him. Make our brother well." Then Lazarus died! Jesus said in
John 11:4, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified." And
the rest of the story: Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead!
Last August 17, Lotz was diagnosed with breast cancer. Again she wrote, "God seemed to promise from James
5:17, 'Pray for one another that you may be healed'. Rather than be healed before surgery, I went through
surgery. Rather than the cancer being contained, it was found in a lymph node. Rather than experiencing
minimum side-effects to chemotherapy, I experienced a severe side effect to my second treatment. Rather than
stay on schedule, my treatment was delayed for a week, and another chemotherapy infusion was added."
She went on to write, "So........when things get worse, how should you and I respond? With complaints? Self-pity? Fear? Or trust.......
.....that God has a greater purpose than our immediate comfort.
.....that getting what we want, when we want it, is not always for our good or His glory.
.....that our faith is of more value than our physical health.
.....that His strength will be sufficient for each moment of each day.
.....that His blessings will outweigh any trial."
She concluded: "In this New Year------when things get worse--let's choose to lay our expectations down and
trust in God alone. Period."