We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle. ~Mahatma Gandhi
I was struggling to get to the end of the year. It had been a class of crazy girls and my last nerve was shot. I told a fellow teacher what was going on and that I wasn’t sure if I could get to the end of the term. She wondered whether we would be allowed to use the laminator next year.
We were both on a mission, but not the same one.
In Mark 8, Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to suffer and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law. Not only will he be rejected by those in power, he is going to be killed.
Peter takes him aside and says stop talking like that; it’s not good for morale.
Then in chapter 9, Jesus tells his disciples again that he is going to be handed over and killed.
Their response? Which one of us is the greatest, perhaps next in line?
In chapter 10, they are on their way up to Jerusalem. Jesus explains again that he will be handed over to the leaders to be condemned, mocked, flogged, and killed.
James and John ask for the thrones to the right and left of Jesus. Power, they want power.
Jesus was surrounded by distracted and oblivious friends. He was telling them the mission God had given him, and they responded with their own interests and concerns. They weren’t listening, weren’t interested, weren’t capable . . . whatever is was, they weren’t.
What is the path God has placed you on?
Are you headed toward an overseas adoption surrounded by people who want to know why you don’t adopt domestically?
Are you moving your mother in with you while others show you pamphlets of nursing homes?
Are you buying a house on the “bad” side of town to serve others, while your friends leave crime stats on your seat at church?
Jesus continued walking uphill to Jerusalem, knowing his fate, knowing he wasn’t supported, knowing no one else understood – knowing God had placed him on that path.
God places each of us along the road to Him. Our route doesn’t look like anyone else’s, except for the potholes and obstacles. Jesus kept right on walking around them.
We are called to do the same.