Plans change. Sounds like life, doesn’t it?
If you read my post form last Tuesday, you would not be expecting any new content today.
My original plan was to not post anything new until September. I wanted to focus more on a novel I am trying to write.
A thought came to mind while I was reading a book. I try to do this on a regular basis.
The book is entitled 33 A.D. It is the second of two in a series.
Ted Dekker, the author, blends the life of Jesus into a fictional story. I am almost done with the second book. They are really engaging and thought-provoking.
There are no spoilers here just some praise for a good read.
There is one section that describes the scene at the Garden of Gethsemane. The night before the crucifixion, Jesus and his disciples go to the garden after the last supper.
Two things take place.
- Jesus wept. (Luke 22)
Jesus went to God with his pain, concern, anxiety, and troubles. He knew that he was destined to be killed.
But his flesh did not want it to happen. After all, he was fully human as well as fully God.
2. Peter slept. (Luke 22)
He was tired. Maybe he was trying to stay awake but he failed. We know that later that night, he denied Jesus.
His flesh was also pulling on his mind. And he yielded to it.
When we choose to be like Jesus, we become adept at getting through trials.
If we behave like Peter, we stay inept while being tempted.
Isn’t it nice how those four words rhyme?
Jesus wept and in doing so, became adept at overcoming temptation.
Peter slept and in doing so, was inept to fighting the temptation.
We all have Gethsemane moments in our lives. Sometimes daily.
One of 2 things is happening: sleeping or weeping.
Which one are you doing?