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Wonder with Wendy on Wednesday, November 8

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

John 18:11

Do you think for a moment I’m not going to drink this cup the Father has given me?”

Peter here rose impulsively to your defense and used his sword—it is interesting that he had it with him. I wonder if the disciples were worrying about you, Lord, and were thinking they may need to defend you.

And yet, here you are, surrendering yourself to these men, quietly, calmly, accepting this part of the journey the Father has set before you. The cup has been given; you have accepted it. You will walk courageously into what lies ahead.

I wonder what your invitation for me in this is.

I think back to your prayer—you included me to share in the love and unity and the glory our Father has given you.

Jesus, it is hard for me to reconcile these things:

----the cup v the glory—

both given by the Father who loves you outrageously.

I wonder if the invitation for me lies within that apparent contradiction—

there are those circumstances in my life and in the lives of those I love where I see your love

and circumstances where your love seems hidden.

I am trying to hold onto the paradox, that both circumstances can hold your love,

instead of judging one as being good and the other bad,

one being right and the other wrong--

wondering if I can see your love in the times when love seems hidden.

I remember once hearing someone say that God took the worst thing that could happen—the death of God—and turned it into the best thing—the salvation of the world.

I wonder if I can trust you and live courageously into your will for me?

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