Today thoughts go to the garden of Gethsemane. It is the place where time was spent after the Last Supper and before the events of the crucifixion. It is the place of Jesus sweating blood, of the disciples falling asleep, of Judas’s betrayal, and of impulse action of cutting off an ear. It is in essence an in-between time. A time of anticipation and waiting, for events are about to transpire. Jesus knew full well the weight and importance of what was to come. He maintained surrender through all the emotional intensity that could have held him back. The disciples meant well but could endure. Judas submitted to his greed and the darkness, Peter acted impulsively not grasping what was to come. The in-between times are tough. God gave us this picture of this in-between time as an encouragement. For God is faithful. The thing is we cannot rush the waiting, we can make things happen any quicker than they are supposed to. Each time anyone has tried to rush the in-between waiting, the results are not good. The waiting always seems beyond endurance. Yet, Jesus endured. He resisted going off on his own way or doing his own thing in place of God’s plan. He submitted. We though can be much like Judas and do our own thing out of greed. We can be like the disciples and mean well but shut down. We can act on impulse and move in directions that are God’s way, thinking we know the plan. It is in these in-between times that faith is tested. It is in between times that the twists of the heart and areas of needed change become apparent. The waiting tests and reveals what is there and what is lacking. The in-between time is always temporary and although it seems to go on and on and will never end, the duration is limited.
Right now, in essence each of us are at such an in-between time. We are waiting for the return of the King of Kings. We are following whatever path God sets before us and waiting for the results. Yet, it is this time that is key. It is our response that is critical. We need to learn our weaknesses and submit. We need to grow in faith. We need to be awake, alert, and sober minded. We are to endure whatever intensity of difficulty we are in. For this time is but temporary for Jesus is coming, He is coming soon. Yes, we wait but in the waiting we are given directions to walk in truth in love, to be sober minded and alert, and to make disciples. However that looks, God has intent to be glorified through us in whatever way He puts before us. So as we go through this in-between time we need to keep focus, love, and endure. This is what God asks and requires for the ways of self, betrayal, and impulse are always lurking promising short cuts and a way out of the in-between time. But this time is always for a reason, for God’s love and patience is great and His desire is for all who will come, to come.
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