We often ask ourselves this question a lot; in moments in doubt, despair, uncertainty, when in need of advice, who can we trust and turn to? Who can accept us entirely?..
Jesus’ time on earth was coming to an end. He took Peter, James and John to the Garden of Gethsemane with him to seek the face of the Lord.
37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away[f] unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
We can find ourselves in times of great distress with nowhere to turn and the ones we hoped would be there for us are not there. The disciples did not fully understand the depths of what Jesus was going through. I’m sure if they had known what was about to happen, they would have been up and on their job, uniting as prayer warriors for Jesus in His last hours.
However, they slept.
Sometimes our loved ones “sleep” on us…
In our time of great need,
In our time of deep depression,
In our time of anguish…
But, it is not always intentional. Just as the disciples could not grasp the depths of Jesus’ pain, our loved ones are not always able to understand exactly what we are going through. Only God fully understands the depths and dimensions of the burdens we carry. After all, God knows everything about us, He knows exactly what we are going through.
1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
When the disciples slept on Jesus, he didn’t fuss or fight with them, he retreated into the presence of the Lord. He sought comfort from God at a time where he felt alone. What he was going through and what he was about to go through was just too great for them to understand.
Fellowship and companionship are great things to have, after all, no man is an island. However, sometimes our issues run so deep that people just can’t understand. We can just about get a grip on our own problems let alone trying to get people to understand why you feel the way you do. A lot of the time we try to be strong and brave it alone. However, we need to remember that even though we may not be able to share our pain with those around us, we can always carry that pain to the cross.
Christ can identify with our pain because he experienced it.
In his time of suffering he ‘‘Bowed his face to the ground praying’’. (Matthew 26:39)
No matter what we are going through we can always count on the Lord to be there.
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
So when we feel like we have nowhere or no one to turn to, let us remember that God is always with us – and let’s continue to pour our hearts out to Him.
“O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. “
You’ll always have someone you can run to!
Thank you for reading 🙂
Written by the lovely Bernie xx