But you and I don’t need to miss it.
Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane having a long, agonizing conversation with his Father about his crucifixion which was coming closer every minute.
Why did he keep going back to wake up his disciples? He went back three times and they were asleep each time.
I think they were supposed to be learning an important lesson that night but they missed it. Jesus was giving them a first-hand example of how we should respond to trials and tragedies in our lives.
Jesus talked with God all night. He laid his human concerns and worries and fears at his Father’s feet – over and over and over. For hours. He let the love of his Father wash over him – pushing back the anxieties and concerns.
And did you catch the part where God sent an angel from heaven to give Jesus the strength to be obedient?
The disciples were asleep – but I’m not.
And I got the message.
In times of struggles and pain, I need to get as close to God as I can. I learned this lesson years ago and I have found that it works – no matter what kind of nightmare I’m living through. The closer I get to God, the easier it is for him to help me get through the darkness and hurt. When I’m close, he can quickly wrap his arms around me, helping me to feel safe and loved. When I’m right beside him, he it’s easier for him to guide me through the rough parts of this journey.
When I’m focused on him and his Word, I can see the angels he sends to give me the strength to be obedient….
This is what Jesus showed us in the Garden of Gethsemane.
And I know it works.
And now you know.
Please help us not miss this lesson, Abba Father.