Diana Wallis Taylor: Looking For A Miracle
(June 29, 2011)
Martha Loses Hope As She Looks For The
Messiah…and A Miracle.
“Oh God Who Sees, take me
also. If not together in life, let me join him in death. I don’t want to live
without him.” She looked up at the night sky. Had the God Who Sees kept her
from making a mistake? Would it have worked out the way she dreamed?
Diana Wallis Taylor creates a beautiful
story set in the New Testament following the life of Martha of Bethany, sister
of Mary and Lazarus in Martha. The busyness of Martha is well-known, identified
with, studied, and often misunderstood by people today. Often painted in the
colors of reproach, Martha seems to be the poster child for how not to be a
follower of Jesus. Taylor
provides a well-researched touching portrayal of Martha.
When her mother dies leaving young Martha in
charge of the household, her family is dependant upon her to oversee the home.
Yet like other girls in her village, Martha longs to be married and begin her
own family. Considered a fine cook and weaver, Martha is quick to help others
within her community. She experiences the hope of love and love lost, trials,
friendship, the death of her father, the overwhelming duty to her family, the
discovery of the Messiah, the miracles witnessed at the Temple, and the hospitality she shows to her
Lord with dignity and grace. However, when Lazarus becomes ill and Jesus is too
late – Martha questions both her faith and the Lord. How could she know that
one of the Lord’s greatest miracles was only moments away? Through the life of Martha,
readers a new perspective and appreciation for this special woman of the New