At this time of year I often recall Jesus’ dark times, specifically when he experienced forty days and nights of fasting and then was tempted by Satan in the desert. When I reflect on this, I can imagine how hungry, tired and thirsty he must have felt.
Later in his life, in the Garden of Gethsemane he prayed to the Father and asked if it was possible NOT to drink the bitter cup of the crucifixion. Jesus was able to see beforehand all the many trials that were to shortly take place. Judas would betray him. His disciples would flee, deserting him as he was arrested. Peter would insist he never knew Jesus. He would be condemned by the High Priest and handed over as an abject criminal to be tried before the Roman authority. He’d be questioned before Pilate and Herod, then flogged, beaten, mocked and spat upon because he would not deny he was the Son of God. A crown of thorns would be pressed upon his head. He would carry the cross to his own crucifixion, but be unable to finish the walk to Golgotha. And, finally, he would be nailed to the cross and die. We cannot comprehend his agony, although we may have heard the account many times over the years. It is no wonder he said, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.” It is for us his prayer ended, “Not my will but thine, be done.”
When our dreams are shattered; when life’s path is difficult and the challenges only seem to get worse; when serious illness strikes; when a loved one suffers or dies, we do not walk alone. Jesus truly understands those dark nights when heaven seems silent and there is no answer to our anguished cries. We have His promise that He is always with us.
With the Psalmist we echo the words of Psalms 55:16-18 (KJV) As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me…..”
Many times, individuals go through the long, cold, dark nights of winter
before they see the first signs of spring.
I am there through all the seasons of life.
It is easier to be happy when the crocuses and tulips
brighten the landscape of our lives.
However, I want you to know and believe I am with you always
even through the dark nights of your soul.
There will be a resurrection morning when we will sing “It Will Be Worth It All.” Although weeping lasts through the night, JOY does come in the morning.
Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist who enjoys prayer journaling and is writing a book on “Listening to Hear from Him”.