“Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you came to do.’ Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” Matthew 26:50
How often do we embrace the storm we may know is coming or one we are already in?
Probably not too often.
It’s counterintuitive. A storm is something to avoid so, therefore, we do everything we can to avoid the storm. It’s amazing, when we look at Jesus’ life, the response he had when the storm came.
He embraced it.
Seems a little crazy, right? But let’s look at how he got to that point.
A few verses early in Matthew 26, Jesus goes to pray in Gethsemane with his disciples. He knows a storm in coming. The amazing thing to me is that Jesus essentially asks God to “let this cup pass from me.” three separate times that night. He doesn’t want the impending storm either.
This should tell you and I that there is nothing wrong with not wanting to enter a storm or trial. They are obviously not fun and are very challenging seasons. But most of the time they are unavoidable and necessary. And what Jesus says after asking for the cup to pass is the real crux of this post…
“Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
He embraces the storm.
Again, how was he able to say that?
By abiding in the Father. Jesus had a very close and in-tune relationship with God. He was very connected to the will of God. Because of this close relationship, He trusted that God knew best. He had confidence that no matter what storm may be coming, that God is still in control and there is a reason for what we are going through.
This is such a great example for you and I to mimic when we are facing a storm. Stay close and in-tune with Jesus. Abide is the Father’s love. Trust that his ways are better than ours. Know that he is fully in control and truly does love you and care about you. We won’t always know the reasons why we go through the things that we do, and truthfully, we don’t always need to. We just need to be able to trust that God is God and we are not.
So if you are facing a storm today, embrace it. Press in to Jesus and rest in his presence. He will see you through. Cause as you know with Jesus, he did die on the cross, but he rose again and became the Savior of the world and the redeemer for you and me.