Walking into Gethsemane
Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples,
“Sit here while I go and pray over there.” (Mt 26:36)
In His last days
on earth, Jesus showed to His disciples, and to us, a rarely seen side—one we
certainly would not expect upon first examining His life. It was a face of
distress and of fear that caused sweat to fall from His body like drops of
walked into the hands of the Sanhedrin, before He walked the long road to
Golgotha, He spent time in the garden of Gethsemane and knelt down to pray. He
was unafraid of pouring His soul out to God. The first words that tumbled
from His lips were not of blessing or thanksgiving, but of desperate fear and
He was scared, and
the first one He turned to for comfort was God. He felt anguish, and the first
thing He did was kneel down to pray. He felt sorrow, and the first thing He
prayed for was mercy according to the will of God.
overcoming these emotions is not an easy process. Some gloss over them. Some
mask them behind smiling faces. Some turn to alcohol or to drugs. Some sink
Jesus shows and
proves to us that there was only one thing He needed to do to overcome His
anxieties: He walked into Gethsemane and prayed.
Do not be afraid
to walk into your Gethsemane. We are not obliged to smile in the face of
tribulation. There is no shame in pouring our tears out before the Lord and
asking for His help. If we feel inhibited in our prayers or feel that we are
wading too deeply in sin to pray, then we are turning our faces from the very
solution to our distress.
No matter how
undeserving we feel or how deeply mired in sin we are, we need only take a step
into our Gethsemane and unashamedly cry out to God, just as Jesus did.
When you are in
great distress, do you first turn to God in prayer?