"As they were regrouping in Galilee, Jesus told them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him -- and three days later he will be raised alive." Matthew 17:22,23
The disciples felt terrible when they got a peek into what the near future held for their beloved Master. I don't think they were able to get passed the "they will murder him" portion of this prophesy. Somehow the "will be raised alive" part just didn't light up like it should have. How often have we experienced a difficult passage only to come to the other side wiser and your heart a little more supple? Perhaps you even felt more alive. I am fascinated by this volley between suffering and glory. I am because I know how difficult life can become on the turn of a dime. Suddenly all hell breaks loose and you feel like you're gonna lose it. When life goes to hell - we need to remind ourselves that we are not alone. We are still cared for and there will be not only be an end to the dark tunnel, but there will be a real treasure on the other side as well. These hardships are a part of our passage. They are a portion of the process that is making us into the people who we were meant to be. We can now be powerfully alive and fully engaged to the present moment regardless if it is unfolding in the way we don't understand.