Oceans For Emotions: Let go, let God
By Elaine Wheat
April 25, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 24, 2014 at 11:25 p.m.
"And Thomas answered and said unto him, 'My Lord and my God.' Jesus said unto him, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believed." - John 20: 28-29
After fishing with 11 disciples, who were all fishermen - and fishermen are not known for their honesty - we can't blame Thomas for doubting the truth of what they said.
Fishermen are known to stretch a fish size and the truth sometimes, and Thomas had trouble believing that our Lord had risen. Thomas had missed seeing Jesus twice.
Poor old Thomas, he will always be known after the scriptures are written as "Doubting Thomas."
He just couldn't seem to be where Mary Magdalen or the other disciples were when they saw Jesus.
After the Crucifixion, Jesus met with Mary Magdalen and, then later, with the disciples, and Thomas wasn't there on either occasion.
When the disciples described the risen Lord, Thomas announced to the disciples that he wasn't going to believe it about Jesus returning and all of this because he hadn't seen it.
Jesus then appeared to Thomas, and He said to Thomas, "Reach hither thy finger and behold thy hands, and thrust your hand into my side and be not faithless but be believing." Thomas answered and said, "My Lord and my God."
Jesus then said to Thomas, "Thomas, thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: Blessed are they that have not seen and yet believed."
Dear Lord, I think Thomas is my favorite disciple because I, too, doubt the power of Your Son. And I keep telling God what to do rather than doing what God wants me to do. Help me let go and let God have His wondrous way.