There are times in life when we feel that we have solved a mystery—most pieces of the puzzle are fitting. And then the dog knocks over the table and the pieces scatter over the floor and under the couch.

There is a question of whether we leave the mess or determine to re-solve the mystery. The follower of Jesus moves often from solving to resolving. The best resolve comes in discovering that God answers our pain after we have reached the end of our limits. When we cannot go on… when we have given up… when we have no answer… a light appears on the horizon.

The crucifixion precedes the resurrection; between the two lie days of uncertainty and silence.

As we circle back to Jesus’ preface of seeing him again, he describes a coming time when their sorrow will dissipate and they will have unexpected certainty.

John 16:
23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

You will no longer ask me anything… can we even imagine that answers will sensibly appear? Fear and grief are the soil in which our questions and doubts grow. The only satisfactory answers will come from restored presence. When Jesus is with us, we drop our questions.

Jesus says they will no longer ask him anything, but they will still have things to ask. This is where the Father comes in. He will give you whatever you ask for in Jesus’ name. When our needs and questions are framed in relationship to the risen Lord, resolve takes shape.