How many times have we heard that question? Are we there yet? I recall many family vacations in which that phrase wore on my brain. The constant gnawing of, “are we there yet,” was like the swingng pendulum from Edgar Allen Poe’s gruesome story.
We’re an impatient people. We want everything right now. We want instant food, instant internet access, immediate response to questions, rapid fire cures to disease, expeditious answers and we want them faster than they can be answered.
Are we living under that pendulum right now? It sways slowly back and forth, bringing anticipation for the worst case scenario. As it gets closer our demise is cinched and we eventually succumb to the blade.
Well, enough of Edgar. I never really liked his work anyway. I choose to turn my thoughts to someone I can count on for the right answer and reassurance. This is a time of peril. Every day the danger gets closer and we feel more and more hopeless, but Jesus reminds us that we must remain under His protection and it will be over in just a little while.
I love those words of assurance. In John 16:16-24, Jesus comforts His disciples by using those lovely words to provide instant comfort. He tells them that He will be leaving them in a little while, but that He will return again. He speaks of this “little while” in terms of God’s timeline – not ours. Answers to our prayers are not always instant or immediate. Sometimes we’re called upon to wait. That isn’t always easy. Patience isn’t referred to as a virtue for nothing. It takes courage to wait, but the results are worth it.
As we near Palm Sunday and Jesus triumphal entry in to Jerusalem, we may have to celebrate the Messiah from our homes rather than our houses of worship. Still, He will be there with us. Social distancing is going to make this Passion season different than any we’ve ever had in our lifetime. We may go through Holy Week watching church on our electronic devices, but He will be in the midst of us. On Good Friday, when we somberly remember the suffering our Lamb of God went through for our benefit, He will be at our sides inviting us to be with Him. On Easter Sunday, we may all be worshipping together again, but if we aren’t, we can be sure that the Lord of Heaven and Earth will be holding our hands and offering us eternal life.
Are we there yet? No, but Jesus will return in just a little while.