Yesterday I tagged along to my granddaughter, Katie’s, parent-teacher conference. I wanted to see the charter school centered around the one subject Katie loves, art. But because this conference was student led, I wanted to hear from Katie what she learned. Everything I heard and saw was good. For the first time in her school career, Katie feels successful and capable as a student.
During her explanation of how she rated herself in math included two areas she thought she needed to improve: her ability to apply what she already knew to new concepts and seeing patterns in what she learned. Good observations. Good skills to add to her repertoire. Look back at what she already knows. Be confident that her knowledge doesn’t sit, useless, but can apply to new challenges. She has a notebook of notes and sample problems to look at, refer to, help her see what looks incomprehensible as possible.
But she has to see the connection and trust what she knows and can already do applies to something she hasn’t seen before.
Because yesterday was Maundy Thursday and today is Good Friday, I couldn’t help but think about how much the disciples needed those skills during the confusing and dark three days before Jesus’ resurrection.
The triumph and elation after they witnessed Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead and then enter Jerusalem surrounded by crowds shouting, “Hosanna!” evaporated. The arrest and crucifixion engulfed them in a fog of shock and dismay, fear and uncertainty, doubt and defeat. Peter carried an additional burden of guilt and shame.
Good Friday was anything but good.
But what if they looked back. For three years they lived under Jesus’ teaching. They saw him do miracle after miracle. They knew the power of Jesus. They called him Lord; they expected to be seated in heaven with him.
Still, they couldn’t see the good. They couldn’t connect and apply what they knew to be true to this new situation. They needed one more example. Easter. Jesus resurrected. Seeing him, touching him, talking to him. Then they were ready to continue the work Jesus’ planned for them.
If I rate myself, I realize how often I react like the disciples. I temporarily forget the good things God does in my life. In a new situation, I choose fear instead of trust. I don’t have to. Unlike the disciples, I already know the triumph. What if I focus on the good, the triumph, instead of the unknown?God works good in my life every day. He promised.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
I’ve seen it in my life over and over. Apply my knowledge and experience of God’s goodness to the next unknown challenge.
He will never fail.
This was written in response to the Five Minute Friday prompt, good. The intention of Five Minute Friday is to write for only five minutes as a free write, but I broke the rules today. It took longer than five minutes to connect all the ideas swirling in my head and heart. Thank you for understanding. Happy Easter. He is risen!