I just sat with a friend after she heard some very hard news. Sometimes mornings aren’t bright and sunny. They’re foggy and veiled, and fears block out the sun.
“Let not your hearts be troubled,” Jesus tells his confused disciples in John 14. “Believe in God; believe also in me.”
This is right after he informs them he is going away, that they can’t come with him, that one of them is going to betray him, and that he’s not going to be their earthly conqueror after all. Their dreams and expectations are falling to pieces. “What about our plans?’ they might have asked. “What about the promises?”
Why shouldn’t they let their hearts be troubled? It seems like a perfect time to be troubled.
But Jesus isn’t rocked. He knows things they don’t know.
He tells them not to be troubled, but to believe in him. He tells them he’s going to prepare a place for them, where he himself will be–a place where they can be together. They just have to trust him, even when it looks like it’s all falling apart, even when the way is dark. He’s doing something good in what looks so bad.
We can’t always remind ourselves of answers or solutions, we can only remind ourselves of truth. We can turn our troubled hearts to a God who knows, who cares, who gave himself for us, and whose ways are above our own. We can believe that he always knows what he’s doing, even in the fog.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control;
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed his own blood for my soul.