Updated: Aug 3
“Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe’”(John 20:26-28) 🕊🌿 I wonder if like me, you have areas of disappointment in your life. Places where it feels like God just sort of forgot about you or your situation. I wonder if, like me, you have doubted that that place was too far out of His grasp, too big, too impossible to change.
I wonder if we, like Thomas, have placed our hope in seeing Jesus’ hands and feet before we can really let our hearts believe it. Because sometimes, it can be tough to believe that He still cares, especially in a season of disappointment.
That’s why I love this story about Jesus appearing to the disciples and especially to Thomas; because it reminds me that even when I have locked the door to my heart, and to the areas of my life where it just hurts too much to believe anymore, where I feel like He forgot, all of a sudden Jesus shows up.
He doesn’t need for me to unlock those disappointments in order to meet me in them, He already knows, and He comes into those places to say “Peace be with you”.
He bring peace into the places of our lives where doubt, and hurt, and anger, and fear, and defeat are and He brings peace. He is our peace, in every moment.
I love that Jesus doesn’t scold Thomas, because don’t we all doubt? Instead, He comes to remind Thomas that He is who He says He is and His promise still stands.
Just because we can’t see it sometimes, just because it seems impossible, just because we feel like He’s forgotten, Jesus comes into our hearts to remind us that we it is quite the opposite. To remind us that all things are possible through Him, that He has written our names on the palm of His hand and numbered the hairs of our head. Jesus hasn’t left you friend and He hasn’t left me.
This Christmas season, I pray we can invite Him into our deep disappointments, to our joy, to our fears, our struggles and believe in the majesty of who He is 🙏🏼💛