“O Simon, Simon, I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me.”
But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!”
But Jesus said, “Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don’t know me. You will say this three times.”
The God of Plan B. The inconsistency of Peter is something to behold. Time after time, he shoots his mouth off — making all the mistakes the others are too timid to attempt. Jesus doesn’t fire him — he puts him in charge. Could it be that Peter is demonstrating the quality of child-like-ness that Jesus recommends for us all? Peter never says, ‘Well, let me think this over and I’ll get back to you.’ He’s all ‘Ready! Fire! Aim!’ As a thoroughly adult person, I calculate; I strategize; I run all the scenarios. Sometimes I feel like Jesus — and the task he has offered me — has moved on while I’m still cogitating. But with Peter and Jesus, it seems like they have a great relationship because they can get Plan A out of the way quickly, so Jesus can move on to Plan B. Jesus builds Peter’s remarkable leadership in later life (evident in his letters and in Acts 1-12) out of the rumble of his failures in the Gospels. Jesus doesn’t need me to be perfect — just in motion, so I am steerable and willing to “come back” to Jesus for Plan B.
Lord, you know I’m an object-at-rest that tends to stay-at-rest. I want to be an object-in-motion and to keep moving despite my many mistakes. I can’t see all the ends you are working on, and never will. I will keep moving toward you today — going boldly down the winding path from here to where you can use me. Amen.
~ by Steve Moore