Just another day, we tell ourselves. We will get to the celebration of Holy Week later on. For now, we have so much to accomplish. But each day after Palm Sunday, was another step of Jesus, seeking to prepare and guide those closest to him, about what was to come. Today the lectionary finishes up the scripture from a few Sunday’s ago. When the Greeks came to see Jesus and he predicted his death to draw the world to himself.
The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.
Solar powered things: lamps, batteries, radios, phone chargers, will not work unless they spend time exposed to the light. Unfortunately, sometimes we only recognize that incredibly important point when we need those things to work the most and found we have not let them capture enough power.
Jesus knew what was coming for those who followed him. The gospel of John shows us a very resolute Jesus, willing to claim his death far before the soldiers ever come. He wants his children to be prepared and not caught unaware. Because darkness is on its way. We know this as those who are aware of the full story, but we still do not prepare ourselves adequately for darkness. Even this week, we know Good Friday looms before us, but do we plug ourselves in and soak up the power of the Light of Christ? Prayer, quiet time, fasting from the noise or things that distract us, wearing something that is a constant reminder, reading scripture, writing, serving anonymously, walking – all of these are opportunities to set some time apart to expose your heart to the light, soaking in the power and love of God to fortify you for the darkness. What will you do this week, very intentionally to be ready for what Christ may speak to you in the shadows of the coming days? Beyond this week, what is your regular routine for powering up before crisis and struggle hit, to feel the guidance of God through the darkness?
May this be a part of your work this week, to find the things that help you never forget that love wins.
Holy God, meet me in the noise and distraction through a word, a symbol, or a source of light. Forgive me for not fueling up before the darkness arrives, not preparing before the storm. It is often my pride that leads me to believe I have the resources needed to get through it without you. Help me find ways to tune into you, and become a child of the light, trusting you to guide me through the dark. Amen.