A Reality We Did Not Imagine

March 10, 2014 by Kristin Neva

When Jesus was arrested, Peter was ready to fight. Minutes earlier he had promised Jesus that he would die with him, and he was prepared to do it. I will stick with you. If we die, we will die fighting.

Peter did not want to give in and submit to Jesus’ arrest. That was not his plan, not what he expected. It didn’t make sense. Die fighting? Yes. Give up? No. When the Master called him to another plan, he was blind-sided. This cannot be. The cross is not what I imagined.

How often are we called to a reality that we did not imagine? We are prepared to take on the world, to do great things. And then we meet a new reality. Our dreams die. We live a mundane existence, rather than the life we aspired to. We suffer.

Are we willing to surrender to a different plan? A plan we never imagined.

As he pulled out his sword, Peter did not know that he was trying to prevent the very thing that would bring ultimate good.

As we resist our painful realities, could we be trying to prevent the very thing that will bring greater good into our lives?

Peter did not know it on that dark day, but resurrection was coming. It is coming for us.

1 Corinthians 13:12 “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.”

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