Holy Week: Day 5

As Tension Built, He Remained Faithful.

Mark 14:35-36

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.  “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Jesus was going to the garden in Gethsemane with Peter James and John. He
went by himself to pray. He didn’t fold his hands or drop to his knees. He fell to
the ground face down crying if possible Abba Father take this cup from me.
Jesus understood the pain, the curse He came for. Shame, death he cared
nothing about. He wasn’t asking for the physical pain to be spared. He willing
gave his life for our sins. He recoiled from being loaded with foreign sin so His
heavenly father’s face and favour must at least for a while be withdrawn from
Him. His soul couldn’t stand having God turn his face from him. That’s the deep
sorrow that he was feeling. After the prayer he ended yet not my will but thine.
God answered that’s not the plan. Be faithful.

It is a wonderful thing to be with Jesus on the mountain when things are glorious.
We would love to always be there. But we must also go out in the stormy sea in
the gloomy night and again meet with Him in the valley of the shadow of death.
Growing up, Pam & I always prayed to one day have Christian spouses. Thirty
Eight years ago, God answered our prayers and joined the long haired, hockey
playing Yankee who doesn’t eat grits with a beautiful firecracker of a Southern
Belle who didn’t believe in balancing her checkbook! We had a wonderful
wedding and over the years added Andrew, Alex, and Kathryn to our family. God
certainly did answer our prayers.

But then, just three years ago, Pam and I found ourselves once again, in fevered
prayer, this time asking God for healing of our precious 22 year old daughter who
had just been diagnosed with aggressive Stage 4 Spindle Cell cancer. Over the
weeks, Kathryn’s health was declining and with it came great pain and suffering.
Ultimately, Pam and I changed our prayer from the healing we naturally wanted
as parents, to “ God, Thy Will Be Done”. Within a few short days, God brought
Kathryn home where she now lives forever and with no pain or suffering. God
once again answered our prayer and reminded us … BE FAITHFUL.

We don’t know God’s plan. But be encouraged that he has each one of us in the
palm of his hand. He wants the very best for his children. We need to look to
him for guidance in all that we do. If you’re anxious, hurting, or struggling, turn it
over to God today. He’s in control. Call out to you Abba Father in prayer and be
faithful.

From our Family to yours, Happy Easter, for He Is Risen.

Pam & Rodger Meinzinger

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Carolyn nichols - April 9th, 2020 at 7:45am

So inspiring