“He fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.'” –Matthew 26:39
Read: Matthew 26
Ella’s scream has a way of piercing ears but this morning, it broke my heart. In the arms of her swim instructor, who was imparting what my wife and I know are vital and potentially life-saving skills, a hysterical Ella reached out to me. “Daddy, daddy!” she cried, over and over. All I wanted to do was to take her hand, to let her know it would be okay, to reassure her that I would never let any harm come to her. Instead, I walked out.
I swallowed the lump of parental guilt in my throat when I remembered how important this lesson would be. She would have to suffer so that she could be taught. Turning away, in this case, was how I could best protect her.
God could have saved His son. He could have taken the cup (v. 39) as Jesus begged Him to do. With his only son “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” God could have easily interceded on his behalf. Instead, against every Paternal instinct and with His heart breaking, He did nothing.
When her 15 minutes were up, she sat smiling in Wendy’s lap, feasting on a lollipop, the reward for her brief aquatic ordeal. At the pool, I turned away so that Ella could learn. In the garden, God turned away so that we could live.
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