Imagine you’re deep in conversation with a close friend, and out of nowhere, he says, “There’s something I want to tell you, but I can’t – not yet.” You would be intrigued, and maybe a bit anxious.
Now put yourself in the disciples’ shoes: Jesus, the rabbi you have travelled with for three years, begins to tell you several mysterious things and then says something very similar: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now” (John 16:12).
How would you feel? Curious? Afraid? Or maybe relieved—you don’t want to know what else is coming! Whatever you may feel, Jesus says, very simply, “take courage,” and “have peace in me” (John 16:33).
If you want answers to some of life’s questions, be at peace: God has a plan, and he will give you the answers at just the right time. If you would rather not hear God’s answers because you’re afraid of what he may say, also be at peace. God has courage and wisdom to help you; he will be with you every step of the way Know that you can rely on your God, the Holy Trinity. Choose to put your trust in him. Ask him to give you his peace. And even if you don’t feel particularly peaceful, try your best to take heart.
No matter how you feel, no matter what you are experiencing, you are wrapped in the love of almighty God. Your Father loves you and is watching over you. His Son has laid down his life for you and opened heaven’s gate to you. And the Holy Spirit lives in your heart, constantly filling you with divine grace and power.