On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”(John 20:19 ESV)
Not much is recorded about the disciples after Jesus went to the cross. One can only imagine how scared they were. While Jesus was alive, they probably felt safe. They knew His power and had seen His miracles but without Him, they went into hiding. Fearful they would have the same fate as Jesus, they shut themselves up. The disciples didn’t know how to live without Him by their sides.
Jesus had come to each disciple and called them. He prayed with them, taught them and ministered with them. What they didn’t realize at the time was He was training them to carry on the work He started. Now with Jesus gone, they needed to find their new normal. But what would that be? Would they go back to their former lives? How could they? They knew they couldn’t go back but they didn’t know how to move forward either.
While reading through this passage this morning, I thought about how often we are presented with change. I thought about the events that completely change the paths of our lives. Some of these changes are good but they require adjustments. Other times devastating circumstances lead us through the dark places we never wanted to walk. We learn to live there until another change brings us into the light again. Our new normal is an ever changing experience.
The disciples’ lives had changed drastically. And although they had walked with Jesus Himself, they were now afraid. Fear of the unknown can be the most crippling. In their fear, Jesus came to them. He does the same for us. He comes to us and offers us peace. He sees when we are overcome with uncertainty. He understands when we are unsure. And He knows that sometimes our new normal is actually our worst nightmare. But He offers to walk with us and He gives us peace. It doesn’t change our circumstances, it just makes them bearable.
Are you afraid of the circumstances surrounding you today? Are you walking a road you’ve never traveled before? In your weakness He is strong. Where you doubt, He is sure. Your new normal is not a surprise to the Lord. I pray His peace to surround you today!