Ever heard of a fair-weather parking lot?
We've heard of fair-weather friends
You spend lots of time together…Then hard times come: your health, family problems, difficulties happen - and they’re nowhere to be found.
We know about fair-weather fans.
I can remember umpteen years ago when the Houston Rockets were a brand new team. To be polite, they were bad. But we hung in there, die-hard fans.
Over a few years, they steadily improved. The first time they made to the layoffs, guess what? Fans came out of the woodwork. People who couldn't tell you a single team member’s name went crazy.
But, back to the fair-weather parking lots.
I walk my greyhound, Ruby, almost every day. She’s a retired racer and I’m-uh-plump. We both need the exercise. The weather has to be pretty bad before I throw in the towel.
So here we are, she’s dragging me around the park. It’s cold, or it’s hot, or the wind’s blowing my hair dang near off. And we’re alone. The parking lot is empty. Nobody there but us.
Then comes a nice day and the whole neighborhood hits the park.
The parking lot's packed.
Yesterday was one of those days–walkers and joggers and baby carriages everywhere.
I wonder, “Where will y’all be when the weather’s unpleasant?”
Did Jesus think that?
“Where will you be when things get hard?”
Jesus knew the crisis was coming. Soon He would be arrested, scourged, crucified; He would die on a cross.
Jesus knew that the disciples were fair-weather followers. They were with Him day in and day out. They learned from Him and marveled at His miracles. They believed in Him, at least as far as their limited understanding allowed them.
But when time came to stand by Him, to risk their lives for Him, they ran.
Then the horrible day came.
Jesus hung on a cross and the disciples fled.
Fled out of fear that they would be killed as well.
Hid so no one would find them.
Am I any different? Are we any different?
- When things are going well, I’m full of praise.
- As soon as things go wrong, I’m full of doubts.
- When it’s uncomfortable to stand for God’s standards, I compromise.
- When I have an opportunity to talk about my faith, I keep my mouth shut.
But listen to Jesus’ words:
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
He knows our hearts and He bathes us with forgiveness. He offers us strength to stand for Him.
When He appeared to them after His resurrection, there was no chastisement.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" John 20:19
He knows we cower in fear and doubt. He covers us with His love and grace and says, “Peace be with you.”
When has Jesus flooded you with love and peace when you struggled to be faithful to Him?