And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want."
~ Matthew 26:39
I wish I could say that I welcome all experiences in my life, but I don't.
I think all of us have moments in our life that we could just change, or avoid all together. The death of a parent. Saying goodbye to friends. The loss of a job. A cancer patient undergoing painful treatment.
Although Jesus knew that his death would be the ultimate giving of himself, the process was something he did not want to experience. We can certainly understand why.
While talking with a terminal patient one day, she shared that she was not afraid to die, she was more concerned with the process. "Will it be painful?"
The process for any of us is something we all have considered.
A quote I have often heard, and I have used myself, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
I will confess, sometimes I don't care about getting stronger!
God ultimately does not want us to have difficult times, but sometimes the difficult times are what we learn from. Such things as sacrifice, surrender, and grace are all the result of moving past that which may have been difficult.
May all that which we experience be filled with the knowledge that we are never alone in these moments.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, whatever it is that I experience today, may Your presence be felt and known. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.