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The Garden

By Aiden Willis

“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” Matthew 26: 36-46

The night before Jesus’ was handed over, he had dinner. The last supper. After that dinner, he went to pray, at Gethsemane. Jesus being very troubled and grieved prayed, the prayer forever etched into my heart and soul. “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” The first time I read this prayer, I was in awe of the humanity of Christ. That is when I think I got a true grasp of who exactly Jesus is; fully human and fully God. Jesus was scared, lonely, hurt, and troubled. He knew what He was about to endure and it all became so overwhelming. So he fell on his face.

Nevertheless...not as I will, but as you will. Sis, what’s your cup? Is it sickness, career, school, family, singleness, marriage, a break-up...what are you literally wishing for God to take away from you. Whatever that may be I encourage to you pray that same prayer, but don’t stop at let this cup pass from me; rather keep going. Nevertheless is when this prayer becomes the ultimate reminder Jesus’ trust in the Lord. Jesus’ is fully God, he could have said no, but Jesus was so submissive to the Father. He said not by my will, but as YOU will.

Sisters as we rapidly approach the day where Jesus was slain for us, let us remember his cup. Let us remember that while we continue to go to the Lord asking him to remove pain and affliction, that God has given us the afflictions for a reason. He may not take them away and we need to be okay with that. Ultimately our Father’s will is what is best for us. Despite what we may think about our cup, we need to remember that Jesus’ was bigger. He drank it, because he trusted the Father with his life. Our you trusting him with yours.

Pray with me sis: Father we serve a God who doesn’t always take away from the storm but is with us in it. We can trust you with our cup and know that your plans for us our higher and better than what we could ever image. Father, may we not forget Jesus’ cup and the way he loved us, may we not forget the way Jesus loved you. Lord may our obedience and submission be just like Christ.

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