Wednesday Word 5.27.2020

Acts 1:6-14 New International Version

“6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” 12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”

Many of the people I know are planners. They like to lay out their plans and schedules and enjoy a sense of accomplishment as each task can be ticked off the list and each goal is achieved. Their mechanisms don’t function well when a monkey wrench is thrown into the works.  I would imagine that the Disciples gave up any pretense of planning their own destinies the day they met Jesus. They followed him and were prepared for whatever came down the road just in order to be with him.  Even so, the events surrounding his brutal murder, his resurrection and his return to them had to be one of the most devastating monkey wrenches of all time. And, then, in an instant, he was gone.

We like to be in charge of our world. It is human nature.  It gives us a sense of security when things unfold according to plan. If we have learned anything in the past few months, it is that things are not always going to unfold as we have planned!  None of us could have planned for this! I am seeing the Disciples from a different perspective now.  Maybe we should be more willing to put our lives in Jesus’ hand, as they did.  Maybe we should stay connected to each other, even when circumstances make it challenging and call for creative reorganization, as they did. Maybe we should “join together” in constant prayers, even though we are apart.  We know they faced dark days ahead, but they never lost focus on Jesus.  Maybe we should stay focused…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki