Lamentations 3:55-66; Mark 10:32-34; Pslam 31:9-16
“You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.'” Lamentations 3:57
Again and again God in scripture tells us to not be afraid. And yet, that night in Gethsemane, the night of his betrayal, Jesus was afraid. He tells Peter, James and John who were with him that his soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death and asks them to keep watch. In Mark 14:35-40, we are told he falls to the ground and asks God if he might not have to sacrifice himself for mankind, and when Jesus comes back to them, he finds his disciples fast asleep, and knows that he is about to be arrested.
Looking out into the night sky, with its moon, and clouds, and billions of stars and planets, we can have comfort in knowing that God is the universe. But God is not just a universal ‘everything’. Jesus is God incarnate. What an amazing gift God has given us, to let us know that s/he understands human pain and suffering and fear. God is with us, because s/he understands us, and s/he tells us “do not fear.”
In writing this, I’ve just offered a prayer to God: “Thank you for the gift of bringing Jesus into our world. Thank you for understanding me. Thank you for knowing that I feel fear and that you are with me, always with me.”