It was about a year ago, a woman messaged me and wanted to meet which I did willingly. It was the beginning of a beautiful work of God as, together, we sought the Lord for her healing.
One evening I shared with her my experience of asking Jesus questions. I remember telling her that I had yet to come up with a life situation, a question, for which Jesus did not have a corresponding experience. I found great comfort in asking Jesus questions.
With very little hesitation, she disagreed with me. She didn’t think Jesus knew what it was like to walk in her shoes, to feel the isolation her life situation brought to her. I didn’t have a ready answer for her, nothing to point to that proved he did. I invited her to ask Jesus about it. And then I fervently prayed, committing it to his hands.
A few days later, I received an ecstatic text message from her. He did know what it felt like! And she shared with me what Jesus told her, how he understood and felt her isolation. In that moment, she received comfort in a way only Jesus can do.
As I consider Jesus’ life, I see that he demonstrated a healthy pattern of knowing when to embrace solitude or companionship and community. He wasn’t afraid to ask for help and he wasn’t afraid to be alone.
In the ultimate act of love, he also knows what it means to be completely abandoned. Not only by his human friends, but by his Father.
50Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.Mark 14:50
33At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 34Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”Mark 15:33-34
Jesus did this all for you and I. He did it so we could experience relationship, his presence in all of life.
I stand by what I said to my friend. I have found nothing in life that Jesus cannot come alongside and say, “I know just how you feel. This is what I did. I will be here with you.”
Go ahead. Test this. Ask Jesus.