If the walls could talk.
If the walls could talk, what was left of them.
It was an old broken down house. In its heyday it had been a fabulous building, a wonderful meeting place of friends and family, comrades and fellow learners.
If the walls could talk, oh the stories they would tell. They would tell of the times the Master was there gathered with his disciples, spending time with them, teaching them, loving on them, filling them with knowledge and wisdom. It didn’t make total sense to them at the time. They only had part of the story. They didn’t have the view of the whole picture, like we do now. But they had Him, His presence in their midst for 3 wonderful years. Doing life together, day after day after day.
What an important foundation that was for them. Little did they know how much they would rely on those memories when the going got rough and the persecution was real. But their Lord knew how much they would need it. He always knew how much they would depend on it. He always knew and gave them everything they needed to be successful when He was gone. He counted on them to tell the world His message. These men were His only plan. Their success in this one thing, the trajectory of the world depended on them, these twelve.
The twelve stones at the waters edge were there to remind them and others of this time they had together, the promises made, and the task set before them. God had promised He would always be with them, even after the Master had left. The Holy Spirit was inside each of them. As much as they missed the physical presence of the Master, they were so blessed to have the Holy Spirit residing inside of them 24/7.
The disciples— the eleven that were left after the one defected— had a huge mission to accomplish. With the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, it was doable. Step by step. Day by Day. Person by person. Go preach the word. Tell of his mercy and grace, His love and kindness, and patience and peace. Share the Good News. Make the world His disciples and teach them to make disciples and them to make disciples.
This is how the whole world would come to know the stories that these walls would tell — if the walls could talk.