I knew that the direction the individual was headed in would result in a colossal train wreck but I was totally unable to stop it from happening. The flag I was waving, the colored lights I tried flashing, all were ignored as this friend headed unceasingly toward a certain crash. I prayed for God to intervene with His great divine hand and, like Superman, force the train to a standstill. He didn’t. The train wrecked.
If I knew the train wreck was inevitable, didn’t God? Why not stop it?
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” A train wreck is coming
And Simon replies “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” No, I know what I’m doing. Everything is ok. I’ve got this under control.
And then Jesus said, “I say to you Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.” Signal lights flashing, warning flags waving, and a distress fire burning.
It seems that, unlike me, Jesus doesn’t feel compelled to stop wrecks. He warns about the impending danger, he prays for Disciple HeadingForAWreck, and tells him what to do after said wreck, and then…He watches the wreck. This is an amazing example. Speak, pray, watch, be ready to restore. There is a lesson here on how the Lord uses failure to grow us, but I am so electrified by this paradigm of prayerful watching that I can only focus on that..
This is good news and difficult news for crusading empathizers who feel compelled to stop train wrecks. Speak, pray, watch, be ready to restore. How often I watch the wreck in agony, shake my head in disbelief, then say to myself “I tried to warn them, as I…walk…away. The example Jesus gave frees me from the agony of the wreck, but it also lays on me the responsibility of restoration. This particular event ends with the betrayed one making breakfast for the betrayer. The wreck is made right. Good news…and…a difficult challenge to me. ~ Cee Cee