“But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.” Mark 9:32
“I don’t know…”
This was my reply to my sister on her question why this difficulty we have in the family is happening right now. May be she was asking why now that we all are in advanced age levels that supposedly we should be making responsible and acceptable decisions. Or maybe she is wondering why now that we don’t have parental support or even why now that some of us may not be physically present to provide our moral support. “I don’t know…” seems to be an appropriate response for matters we don’t understand.
The disciples were not different from us, “But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.” Mark 9:32. This was the time after when Jesus declared that he would die but will rise again.
Though the twelve did not understand the plan of salvation and resurrection, these beleaguered twelve still stayed with Jesus. They still followed him. They continued to walk with him, eat with him, did a lot of things with him. They would not understand his teachings or his proclamations yet they made sure to stand for him, by him and with him.
May be there’s something you don’t understand right now…
· Sickness has been a burden for you to carry and still no healing or answer to your query.
· Resumes have been submitted but job doesn’t resume.
· Money is becoming a major issue in the family and minor financial rain fall is forecasted.
· A brother is wavering in his faith, not only lack of faith but opposing the faith he grew up with.
We don’t know. We don’t understand. The disciples stayed with him though they did not understand. Hopefully, even when there are times we don’t understand, may our hearts’ desire is that we still stand for him, by him and with him.
For even when we don’t understand, his promises stand. For even if we don’t know, he knows.