Did you ever wake up in a world that was different than what was there when you went to sleep? One day you knew what was normal and the next – nothing looked familiar at all. It’s what happened that last week. Jesus had tried to prepare his followers for what the week would hold, but they didn’t get it.
One night they went to sleep like any other night, and the next morning they woke up. From then on nothing was “normal.” That day Jesus got on that colt. The anger of the religious leaders was more than words could say. Every day after that ride into Jerusalem found that things grew worse. How do you figure things out when every day things keep changing?
Perhaps you understand what that is like.
- One night you went to sleep and the next day you woke up without your dad.
- One night you went to sleep and the next day you woke up without your job.
- One night you went to sleep and the next day you woke up without the NBA.
- One night you went to sleep and the next day you woke up with a fever.
- One night you went to sleep and the next day you woke up in a different world:
- Church services were suspended, and you had to learn other ways to worship.
- Schools closed and you had to figure out how to home school the kids.
- We were told to practice social distancing and we had to discover how to be connected.
- Stay at Home Stay Healthy Stay Safe was implemented and . . .
When the things you used to count on change it is normal to question everything. All the churchy clichés people say don’t really offer much comfort. Being human means, at times, being uncertain and afraid.
What do you do when your world is tossed upside down and you are uncertain even about your faith?
Here is what I suggest – you lean into what Jesus said. I’m not talking about that pie in the sky kind of faith that says, “it will all work out – just trust in God.” I’m talking about that “hold on with your fingernails” type of holding on to what Jesus said.
You see, Jesus did tell his followers what to expect once he headed toward Jerusalem. When Jesus talked about his death, he also talked about being raised from the dead. Jesus said there would be a third day. What we learn as we look back at all of holy week is this:
- You will get through the difficult days.
- It won’t be easy.
- It won’t be quick.
- God is with you in the middle of the mess and uncertainty.
- Don’t be foolish.
- Don’t give up.
- With God’s help you will get through the difficult days.
When you go to bed one night and everything is normal and then you wake up to a completely different world, hold on to Holy Week. It will lead you to 3D faith (third day faith).
Love one another through this time. It matters.
I hold you in my prayers.