Mark 14:12 (NIV)
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Do you hear that? Yep, it is my knees knocking AGAIN! I have been in the education field for going on 18 years. However, when I have to stand up in front of a group of people I still get the proverbial butterflies (seems more like bats) in my tummy. My hands get all sweaty, my stomach turns, my heart races and then there is the shaking all over.
Have you ever been there? Do you ever get a case of the nerves? Maybe it isn’t public speaking that makes you want to run. Maybe there is something else that can rock your world in a matter of 2.2 seconds. Whatever it is, I want you to know…it is normal! You are not going to die of a heart attack, you probably won’t even throw up or faint or anything. Hmmm, maybe I shouldn’t promise the last two, although I did say probably;0)
Can I tell you a little secret? Did you know that Jesus got a case of the nerves? No, really! It says right in Mark 14:33-34.
He (Jesus) took Peter, James, and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch (NIV).
If that doesn’t sound like a case of the nerves, I don’t know what does. Jesus knew his time was coming to an end. He knew what he was going to face next.
Now, I realize what he was about to face: his betrayal, arrest, conviction, punishment, and death would certainly make anyone deeply distressed and troubled. What I want you to realize is he didn’t stay that way. He knew exactly where to turn.
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” Mark 14:12 (NIV).
When Jesus was deeply distressed and troubled he turned to the one person that he knew would pull him through, his Father, God!
I want to challenge you today. No matter what impossible nerve racking, knee knocking deeply distressed and troubled problem you are facing, turn to the one who will walk you through it.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalms 55:22 (NIV)
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