“So could you not watch with me one hour?”
This is the question Jesus asked His disciples, while in the garden before His death. Even today it challenges me and my heart. Am I not willing to struggle in life with my Lord? Am I too accustomed to ease and my way that I am utterly shocked at the idea of difficulty. Like life has somehow chosen me as the object of wrath of all mankind?
Today, I found out one of my dear friends will be having surgery. When I heard her name, I remembered all of the stories that she and her husband have shared with me – the many difficult things in their lives; and yet they are to me one of the clearest pictures of Christ’s love. Hmm… Isn’t it odd that those who follow God also have died of starvation, and have been penniless, and struggled greatly? Seems contradictory to our idea of blessings from God.
Life happens. It is truly what we choose to do with the life that makes the difference. May our lives boldly speak of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus. Once again, I am thankful that God understands our weaknesses. Jesus Himself pleaded in the garden: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will , but as You will.”
1 John 3:16-18By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyones had the world’s goods and sees his brother in need , yet closes his heart against him, how does god’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and truth.