Jesus arrived in Bethany a few days later than Martha expected. She came crying to him, telling that if He had been there earlier, her brother Lazarus, would not have died. She had a point, but notice how she followed it up with these extraordinary words:
… Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that EVEN NOW, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. – John 11:21-22
She was saying, yes, it’s true my brother is dead. We’ve not heard of people rising up from the dead in these parts of town. There is a finality to his condition but even now …
Yes, If you had known the Lord 3 years ago or perhaps 30 years ago, you would not have made the mistakes you made, yet even now, God is able to make all things new. Lord, if you had showed up when my mom was dying, I would have believed you, yet even now, You are able to turn what the devil meant for evil into good. Lord, Even now. The case may have been closed, but it is not yet completed. The verdict, by the judge, may have been read, but the appeal has not yet been heard. The era may be over but the destiny is not yet complete. The grave may have been closed but it is not yet sealed. The body underneath can still come forth. The dream can still live. Your grades can still improve. Your career can still be rejuvenated. Even now, It is not over.