And Jesus answered then, “O faithless generation, how long as I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” [Mark 9:19]
That quote – taken out of context – doesn’t really do Jesus justice, but I have always been glad he said it. On many occasions he was importuned by someone(s) who clearly annoyed or tired him, or who, if not annoying by themselves, were at least part of hard work he did every day with people, daily work that sometimes left him exhausted. I am grateful for the ways Jesus responded.
Even though Jesus understands the needs of a father and troubled son, as the Gospel writer Mark describes them, Jesus still is honest about his own situation. He is tired and weary. He acknowledges his fatigue and looks to God to supply strength and hope. God does, helping Jesus and the family.
The lessons for me are obvious: I have to face by own limitations, I have to admit them (often times to others and that’s not so easily done for me), I have to ask for strength in addition to my own and yet I cannot leave my responsibilities or the call on my life despite my limitations.
All that sounds like really gruesome stuff and it does have a hard edge. But, the admission of our brokenness is a request for God to come into our lives anew. The admission of our limitations is a confession of our trust in the life-giving power of God. Asking for help and new strength – continuing to serve when weary- is a reminder of our need for Sabbath and renewal, a confession of God’s grace. And service when you don’t know where the strength, grace or laughter come from is a testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit alive in us.
I’m not always thrilled with Jesus’ reaction to the troubled boy and his father, but I do “get it”. And I’m glad Jesus got us, our weariness and our need for him.
He’s got us. He shares in our life. He gives us hope, even as he goes to Jerusalem.
Thanks be to God!
Grace and peace,
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