I recently had the privilege of visiting Israel. I cannot think of a better way to kick off the New Year than being literally where Jesus walked.
I had many sites that I enjoyed like the Wailing Wall and the Upper Room, but for me, there is something very special about the Garden of Gethsemane. I felt this the first time I visited Israel and again this time. Gethsemane is the place Jesus prayed before enduring the cross. For each site there was a devotional. A young man led us in a devotional there and highlighted this verse:
“He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)
I don’t always like to do the hard stuff, but sometimes that is exactly what God is calling us to do. The very thing we don’t want to do. The route that takes longer. As we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior this weekend let us remember even Jesus said not my will but yours Lord. Let us each have that level of obedience to follow God even when we do not feel like it.