Has there ever been a time when you felt mistreated or persecuted? Have you ever been wronged by someone? At the very least, most of us will experience unkindness at some point in our lives. At worst, some of us will be abused and victimized. As we draw closer to Holy Week, we can find solidarity in our Savior, as he too was maltreated. He was jeered at, lied about, gossiped about, mocked, beaten, and the ultimate injustice, killed. He can be there for us in our sufferings, because he, himself, has been there.
Recently, I was at fault in a small car accident. I made barely a dent in the other driver’s car, and yet she claimed extensive damages. We were informed that she would file suit against us in an amount that far exceeded our insurance coverage. We were at risk of having to pay her a large amount of money. My heart ached that my small mistake could put our family at such financial risk. With three young children and mounting medical bills for one of them, we were afraid. My husband gently reminded me of the psalm in that day’s reading, “O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.” I could not believe that our family could be so harmed by such dishonesty, but it was a good exercise in seeking refuge in the great protector. He could relate to feeling lied about and used. He could relate to feeling scared.
In the Old Testament reading from Jeremiah today, the author is experiencing persecution, but calls out to the Lord to “Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause.”
FOR TO YOU I HAVE ENTRUSTED MY CAUSE.
What cause can you give to Jesus today? What fear, or anxiety or shame can you hand to Him today. It sounds so elementary, but truly, we will all undergo injustice at some time in our lives. Are we prepared to humbly hand that cause to Jesus and confidently know that He will protect and sustain us? Can we practice saying “O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge?”
In just a few weeks, we will kneel on Good Friday, remembering our Jesus, dying on the cross for us. We know that He, too, was afraid, “Let this cup pass from me.” Yet he trusted that His Father in heaven would care for him saying, “not as I will but as you will.” May we all trust that our greatest refuge is ready and waiting to comfort, sustain and protect us anytime we need shelter from a storm.