Did Jesus ever wonder if what he was doing was right? We know Jesus was fully human, so it’s entirely possible that there were days he’d wake up and say to himself, “Maybe today I’ll only preach to the people who like me,” or “I’m really tired of being questioned by the authorities; maybe I’ll just act as annoying as they are to me!” Okay, maybe those questions are a little much, but did Jesus really do everything he was asked to do without question?
Then I remembered … perhaps that’s why he so often went off to pray. He would leave the bustling crowds, the questioning apostles, the annoying authorities and go off by himself, and maybe he prayed, “Dad, how am I doing? Is this really what you have planned for me?” Since we’re on the other side of Jesus’ earthly life, we know the response Jesus always had: “Thy will be done.” Jesus indeed had all the same feelings, needs and requests that you and I have. The difference, however, is he never strayed from doing His Father’s will.
We all have discouraging moments, times when we wonder if God is even present. And when that happens, go to a quiet place and pray: “Dad, help me to do your will. Guide me, especially when I forget to ask. And make your plans clear that I may follow where you lead me.” That’s a prayer we can say with confidence. God is in control.
About the author:
Previously the priest at St. Francis of Assisi in Lake Placid for 21 years, Rev. Elizabeth L. Nelson is now the Priest at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in LaBelle.