How much longer until we can go to the park, Grandma. “In a little while,” was my response. I was asked about every three minutes, “Can we go now?” until I finally relented and we went to the park to play.
“A little while.” Just how long is that? I think we can probably relate to the confusion of the disciples. Quite frankly, I am not sure Jesus’ explanation cleared things up all that much for the disciples. For us, on this side of the resurrection, we hear Jesus clearly talking about his crucifixion at the hands of those who delight in the end of his disruptive presence and the initial grief of his disciples that will turn into gladness at his resurrection.
Here we are once again in the state of “in a little while” as we await the second coming of Christ. I wonder, are we still asking the question, “What does this ‘a little while’ mean?” Are we like my grandkids who relentlessly kept asking, “Is it time?” Give thanks that God’s answer will always be “Yes, this is the time,” for we already live with the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit to guide us toward the not yet appearance of our Saviour.
Jesus, help us to walk with you a little while. Amen. — LH