When we hurt
When you are struggling and suffering do you feel all alone? As if no one could possibly understand fully what you are going through? Yes they can have compassion but can anyone really know? I know know of one that can understand all of it. Jesus. He came down here and felt all of our pain and suffering to the point of tears. He felt strong compassion to heal those who were suffering around Him.
The story in Mark 14:32-42 in the Garden of Gethsemane. This story takes place after the Last supper on the same night Jesus was to be crucified. When he entered the garden he was suffering but when he left he felt strengthened! How did he get from one to the next? He prayed without ceasing. He prayed that God’s Will be done. This is just the opposite if the story if Adam and Eve. Their story began in a garden where they were safe and comforted but because they could not resist temptation they were sent out into the places of struggle and suffering.
Why do you think Jesus was so upset with his disciples falling asleep? They left themselves open to temptation. We must always be ready. We know not the hour when Jesus will return but in that night, in that garden Jesus’ hour had come.
Jesus shows us the way from that suffering back to comfort and strength. When we are suffering and feel lost and alone, we can remember that Jesus walked amongst us and He still walks with us. Reach out to God and pray! In prayer you will be strengthened. In prayer you will find answers!
We will have points in our lives of loss and suffering, loneliness where we too will enter our “Garden of Gethsemane”. But we can find comfort and strength when we spend time in prayer and accept God’s Will be done.
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”