When the Party’s Over

There’s nothing like a good party!
When you’re surrounded by friends and enjoying great conversation with an abundance of tasty food and uplifting music, you don’t want it to end. But as the night draws to a close, it begins to dawn on you the amount of work it’s going to take to get this place cleaned up!
Towards the end of the night, as people begin to trickle out the front door, I wonder if anyone might stick around to help clean up. Just as I begin to prepare myself to clean up the bomb site, I’m ecstatic to notice that someone is out the back with a rubbish bag in hand, already making a significant dent in the work to be done. I’m not alone after all!
Knowing this one person has stayed back to help energises me to face the mess I didn’t think I could face on my own.
Jesus had been going full steam for three years – and although the crowds had begun to shrink, many were still following Him, as they didn’t want to miss out on the biggest party Jerusalem had seen in a long time. But as the music began to fade and the popular people started to leave, they realised that following Jesus would require something of them – so they streamed out the door to avoid facing the mess.
Jesus turned to His closest friends – and despite their protests and promises of loyalty, predicted that they too would leave:
“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone” – John 16:32a
Even though Jesus was abandoned by those He should have been able to rely on, Jesus knew there was one who would never leave Him:
“Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me” (16:32b)
Just like Jesus, there may be times in our lives where we feel abandoned by those we feel should have stuck around when the party is over. But the comforting thing to know is that no matter how lonely or overwhelming it gets, our Heavenly Father will never leave – and gives us the confidence and energy to face even the biggest mess!
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” – Psalm 73:25-26

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