"They came and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' He said to them, 'Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?'”
Terror comes to all of us. A family member or close friend receives a diagnosis of a serious illness or a child in the military is posted to a country at war and our hearts start beating too fast. Our minds run away with us and we start projecting negative scenarios. Unfortunately, when this kind of "stinking thinking" gets hold of us, it is very difficult to get out of the cycle of darkness.
The apostles, we sometimes forget, were ordinary men hoping the Lord would rescue them from burdensome lives and free their nation from Roman occupation. When Jesus tried to help them see him for he was, they either turned away or hoped their interpretation of what he was saying was flawed. No one wants to let in the ultimate terror, but that is exactly what Jesus demanded. When the Lord told them that he had to suffer and die, they assured him they would not allow anyone to harm him, not realizing that unless Jesus died they could not be saved. When, moreover, they realized they might have to face the same fate, their fear reached new heights.
Terror endured for the sake of God's reign saves us, and while it is natural to for another path, we have only to ask God for the strength and integrity to endure and accept whatever will proclaim the coming of God's reign with power and transformation. Our only consolation in all that we must suffer is that the Lord will be at our side and give us resilience to persist through every trial with him as our guide.
Today, ask for the courage to face any terror that comes your way.
What strengths do you have to face the struggles of life as they unfold?