March 18, 2018
Dear Family and Friends,
Do you ever wonder why God is taking so long to answer your prayer? For me, it is particularly challenging and even frustrating when hardship or suffering is involved. Maybe you think, like I do, that surely God will remove this pain…and sooner rather than later please! This Lenten journey that we Christians acknowledge aligns with Jesus’ journey to the cross. It was about this time in Jesus’ journey that Jesus may have shared our sentiment.
We know from his prayer on the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:42) that in his humanity Jesus would have preferred, like many of us, to be relieved from his imminent suffering. As the time of this painful part of his call drew near, Jesus prayed “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus knew what his “cup” would entailed. In answer to Jesus’ prayer, God said No. Jesus had to endure a tortuous journey, up to and including death on a cross. Now we all know that’s not how the story ends! But it is the very journey that we seek to remember during this Lenten season. On the other side of Jesus’ suffering was Resurrection!
Family and friends, sometimes the answer is No. Still, our lives of faith require that we trust God and believe that on the other side of our hard times resides new life!
Rev. Ineda P. Adesanya