Pastor Erdos’ writings on change stirred up some thoughts for me. I like routine and order in my life, probably to a fault. And it’s easy to stay where you are, doing what you’re doing, day after day because you know what to expect. That is one of my biggest things - expectation. When what I expected that thing to look like, sound like, feel like, taste like, be like isn’t met, oh Lord do I struggle. Jesus take the wheel when that happens because I will not be driving until I can reconcile my expectations to this new reality. I hope I’m not alone in this.
And yet, here I am in the midst of all my change. Because, like Pastor Erdos said, “Jesus promises to be with us no matter where we are, no matter what happens and no matter what goes on in the world. Jesus’s promise is that he makes and ever-changing world safe because he is there to go through the change with us.” I’d like to just stop here and deconstruct this a little bit.
"No matter where we are." When we’re children, it’s easy to understand this as where we are on Earth. Where we are geographically. But it’s deeper than that, and we have to help our children understand this and internalize this. That Jesus is with us no matter where we are mentally, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and yes, physically. When our children go to the depths of their emotions because of something that happened to them at school, something that was said to them, or something that they thought about a little too much, Jesus is there. And Jesus is more than just there, he is actively going through it with us, and has already gone through it. One of the best things about having a Savior who was truly God and truly human is that He understands the depth of humanity. He has suffered, cried, hurt, celebrated, and cheered.
So when we say that Jesus promises to be with us, let’s remember that it’s more than just, “Oh Jesus is with me while I grocery shop.” Let’s remember that Jesus is with us when we’re hurting. When we’re doubting. When we’re wondering what the point is. And he’s also with us when we’re overjoyed. When we’re excited about what’s to come. I think that’s one of the things I struggled with the most - understanding that Jesus is with me no matter where I am in my head. I went through the typical high school experiences and at times thought I was alone in them. How refreshing it would have been to hear that Jesus is with me and have it explained to be by someone who was also content to just be with me.
May we all strive to remember and reflect and extend the knowledge that Jesus is with all of us through all of our change, through all of our emotions, and no matter where we go.