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A dear friend is going through an especially challenging time at present on a number of different fronts. Everywhere I turn I see the same; whether it’s sickness, unemployment, challenges with children, broken something or other. It's heart breaking. There may be a number of us in this community experiencing similar.
We often ask God “why?” and “when will this end?” at times like this. When we have a friend going through tough circumstances we want to be able to say something that provides understanding or insight into their predicament. We want to help and ask God to provide the words for us to share. We want to provide comfort and assurance.
A common response to our pleadings is silence.
This only serves to add to our confused state.
Jesus returns to Jerusalem
When Jesus returned to Jerusalem riding on a donkey on Palm Sunday it was His first time back since He’d raised Lazarus from the dead. Naturally, many were curious to get close to this man.
Was He the Messiah? Was He the King they’d waited all these years for? Would He rescue them from the clutches of Rome’s rule?
Naturally they were confused that as the week progressed their hopes of freedom, their thoughts on who He was and what He would do for them, didn’t transpire.
I’ve been particularly inspired by Mary of Bethany in recent weeks. Her response to Jesus is quite remarkable. One time we see her she is resting at Jesus’s feet while her sister, Martha, busies herself with housework. Then we see Mary, the night before Palm Sunday, dousing Jesus in expensive “pure nard” and wiping His feet with her hair.
In both situations, Mary didn’t seek a response. She simply chose to linger in His presence. She didn’t seek to understand and let go of her striving.
Simply. To be.
She chose to be with Him. She didn’t seek words … she had no agenda.
Walk with Jesus
It’s a special week for us. It’s Holy Week.
“Holy Week teaches us to trust God in every step – even when we can’t see His reasons.” (Desiring God)
Let us all choose to walk with Jesus on His journey. To linger in His presence.
Let go of our agendas and let Him fill us. Let Jesus set the agenda. Not necessarily with words but just His presence. Be filled by His love for you.