Unrelated photo: I had to go to the Amish this morning. Jovana poses unenthusiastically with the horsey.
Of the only three accounts found in the gospels of Jesus raising someone from the dead, the raising of the son of the widow of Nain differs from the rest in one small detail: no one ever asked Jesus to perform this miracle. Actually, I suppose this can be found in the other accounts but with the exception that in the incident in Nain Jesus was never approached by anyone at all: neither the widow nor anyone from the crowd. Instead, it was He who happened upon the funeral and felt so much compassion for the poor widow that, out of His great love, He gave her her son back.
In addition to this I would venture to say that the Lord’s very motive is worth noting. Unlike other cases from the gospel stories where the Lord is approached by the paralyzed, the blind, those living with infirmities years on end, it would seem that that the Lord had compassion on the widow for none of these seemingly serious problems. Rather, He felt sorry for her financial situation. Indeed, for a woman to live alone in the agricultural communities of the Middle East in New Testament times was catastrophic. This woman, who had lost her husband and now her only son and left with no one to do the farm work, was one to certainly pity.
I would conclude that God helps us not only with what we would deem to be those great, life threatening problems. Rather, He is there to solve all of our life’s worries. Subsequently, we go to Him with everything we do – from the smallest of life’s decisions to those more serious ones. But it is not here that I find the point of this gospel lesson, because, truth be told, in approaching our Heavenly Father in prayer it is more often that we have absolutely nothing to ask Him. For just as He solved the widow’s problem without her asking Him He is compassionate on us as well. Therefore, we have little to ask of Him who has already blessed us with so much.
The only thing we can we do on our own is to say Thank you.