“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Amidst some challenging times in my life, there have been times when I said to myself, “Well, now what do I do. Where do I turn?”
This COVID-19 crisis is an overwhelming challenge for our country, indeed for the entire world. Our best answers, things that have been tried in the past regarding health and economic crises, are no longer operable. This is new territory. While I have great faith in our incredible health system and medical science structures, I know that medical cures for this virus are a way off. At this time, a cure or a vaccine is not on the immediate horizon.
Our economy, struck down in ways that have never been seen, is more fragile than we had realized. The margins are thin for many people living paycheck to paycheck. We need help in ways that we may not even know. We are challenged physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Then I think about Peter and his response to Jesus. Jesus said, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Peter responded with the great and obvious truth “Lord, to whom shall we go?
I love this because it is so simple. There is no other place to turn. He is the best and only place. We turn to Jesus who loves us and cares for us. We trust in his provision.
As I discussed in the prayer reflection yesterday, we pray so that our hearts can be changed, not so that we can change the situation around us. If I could have the prayer answer that I want, I would pray, and I have, that this virus be cursed and destroyed from the planet. I don’t have that kind of power, nor should I. Do I want that result- most definitely yes! Yet, I know that there is only one place to turn. I don’t have the power to make the situation change, but I will entrust this to Jesus, and trust that he has this, and his answers are infinitely better than mine. We are going to be OK.
Prayer: Jesus, I know, like Peter, that you are the only place to go, and that is more than sufficient, Amen