And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” (Mark 14:35-36)
If you’re a musical theatre fan, this scripture might remind you of an excerpt from the song “Gethsemane” from Jesus Christ Superstar.
I only want to say
If there is a way,
Take this cup away from me,
For I don’t want to taste its poison…
There are many times in life when we have to do things we don’t want to. Our lives veer into paths that we never expected, carrying with them responsibilities and tasks that have to get done. But asking “Why me? What gifts do I have, what skills do I possess, that made me be the chosen one for this path?” is a totally reasonable response.
Truly, you may never know. But as hard as the road may be, know that there is good that will come out of it – you will grow, and in doing such, help others, on the path that they are on.
Do not be troubled. Persevere, and know that God is with you, always.
-Submitted by Elizabeth Dreyer
Mark says that even in the uncertainty and anguish he felt in Gethsemane, Jesus called God the Aramaic word abba. It was a close family word—the nearest English parallel is “daddy.” What light does that cast on Jesus’ spirit of complete trust? How good are you at continuing to trust God when things turn difficult in your life?
Pursuing God’s will is something costly. When have you struggled over a choice or a sacrifice that you believed God was calling you to make? Are you willing, even grudgingly, to go where God calls and do what God asks, regardless of the cost?