By S’ambrosia Wasike
There are times in our lives when situations arise that we just cannot comprehend. For the disciples that moment came when Jesus told them he was leaving. Three years filled with adventure, insight, and brotherly love were coming to an end, and that was the extent of what the disciples could see. They were losing a very dear friend and mentor. How could he ever be replaced?
For Your Good
Have you felt that anguish of the soul before? When my mother passed away, I felt like the disciples. She was the spiritual pillar of our family. Anytime I had a question about the Bible, I went to her; whenever I was going through a hard time, I solicited her prayers. She was my friend and my mentor. I couldn’t imagine life without her guidance.
The day she died rocked my world, but it also rocked my perspective of how my relationship to God was very dependent on my mother’s relationship with him. It forced me to discover what my own relationship with Christ looked like.
The same could be said of the disciples. While Jesus was with them, they received hands-on training; but as a small child references the placement of his mother before toddling too far away, so the disciples struggled with performing miracles without Jesus there.
For His Glory
Whether we understand it or not, every decision the Lord makes on our behalf is for our good and his glory. Yes, Jesus left, which tore at the emotions of the disciples, but he sent another in his place to embolden the men to act upon all that he had taught them. Then they could go out with full confidence that the very same power that dwelled in Christ also dwelled in them.
The disciples were able to grasp how much more God could be glorified in their lives when they received the Holy Spirit and allowed him to be strong in their weak frames. What would happen if we did the same?
S’ambrosia Wasike and her husband are living out their dreams in Kitale, Kenya, where they film documentaries for missionaries and train former orphans in art education.
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