Recently Jesus’s words in Luke 22 at the Last Supper stood out to me. 31: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
I watched Peter’s next moves with interest as the crucifixion story unfolds. Judas arrives after Peter has been in the garden with Jesus praying and SOMEONE cuts off an ear-which Jesus repairs and reprimands.
The group moves towards the trial. Peter follows, watching from afar and is accused by 3 different people of being with associated with Jesus. Each time Peter’s response is similar to this:
60. Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times. 62. And he went outside and wept bitterly”
What emotions must have passed between my Saviour and Peter in that significant look? Pain? Compassion? Betrayal? Forgiveness?
Whatever it was-Peter’s regrets, remorse, and repentance were immediate.
I think Jesus looks with the same burning tenderness into the faces of his children today.
Life throws us all kinds of curveballs. Maybe it’s results from a doctor’s visit that turns our world on end.
Maybe it’s a relationship that didn’t turn out at all like you had expected and trust seems like a distant memory.
Or maybe the wolf is at the door and financial stress is about doing you in…
Maybe you made choices that you need to forgive yourself for. Or maybe you had no choice in the direction your world has taken.
Whatever your pain is- Jesus understands it. And He’s there ahead of the problem. “Satan has requested- but I have prayed for YOU that your faith will not fail.”
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Trust Jesus, He understands.
The gorgeous sunrises, sunsets, and rainbows recently feel like messages from Heaven to my heart 💞