Maundy Thursday is commemorated by the Last Supper of Jesus, and the washing of the disciple’s feet. Jesus was revealing to the disciples the plan for the next 3 days, He exemplified the greatest resilience during his trial, flogging, crucifixion. We can only imagine the unbelievable strain on his entire being. And yet, he endured all the way to the Cross.
Here we are in the middle of an anxious, unsure time. We are all questioning our resilience and endurance. My spiritual mentor assigned me the book of 2 Corinthians. This book is all about Paul writing to the church in Corinth expressing his real, raw emotions about his ministry trials and tribulations. I have read this passage many times, but today it reads completely different than any other time I have read it.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
For me, I appreciate Paul’s honestly and vulnerability. He is resilient but not stoic. He is being honest with his feelings, emotional. I get a sense that he is close to breakdown. Maybe he had a good cry out of frustration. And yet, he doesn’t stay in that state. He is not a victim. I see this passage giving us permission for the need to grieve.
Maybe you are getting to the end of your rope, tired, frustrated, burned out. If so, let it go. Let God know. Paul kept perspective, by letting people around him know that he is tired. It seems to build his resilience.
However, the world has very seducing philosophies. Stating that:
1) No one should ever have to suffer.
2) Happiness is the goal
3) A good God wouldn’t allow suffering
It is in the suffering that we develop character:
but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
In conclusion, As we are going through our own pains and struggles in our lives, armored with FAITH, we can better identify with Jesus as we learn resilience in our current struggle. The beautiful part is, just as we are promised suffering, we are also promised to be raised up, just as Christ was raised up on the third day, all unto the glory of God.
- Who needs a text or phone call today?
- Reach out to parents who are working from home and doing their best to educate, entertain, and be present with their children.