There are so many events we anticipate throughout our lives. Many of them with joy and excitement: 16th birthday, graduation, wedding, birth of children. With these milestones, comes a mix of emotions from excitement to nervousness.
In today's reading, we have Jesus' entry into Jeruselum.
Yes. It was the beginning of the end.
If we had been in his situation, about to do and have done what Jesus experienced, would we have went? Would we have taken a detour? Would we have gone kicking and screaming? Would we have rode in on that donkey saying, "Ok, let's get this over with?"
It always amazes me to look at Jesus and know that HE KNEW what was in store for him. HE KNEW God's will without a shadow of a doubt. HE KNEW and HE OBEYED.
If we knew what God had planned for our lives, would we obey or would we try to change things?
Consider the ups and downs of life, your life.
I immediately think of Jennifer McKinney and Angie Smith. They have experienced heartache and anguish over their children. I think of my sweet friend Glenda and coworker and former teacher Sandy and what they experienced with their adult sons. I think of the ones who have hurt and cried and have just kept on. Would they do it all over again if they knew the end result?
In our sermon on Sunday, our preacher said, "Your cup of suffering can make you bitter or it can make you better." Oh, how true that is.
I don't understand God's ways. I do truly believe that he has a plan. My responsibility as a Christian is to trust his plan. To put my faith in him. Cups of suffering are meant for us to grow, to become stronger Christians, to know him and love him more.
I pray that whatever God places in my cup, that I will accept it with grace and thanksgiving. That it would never change my love for him. That it would make me better, not bitter. Jesus suffered for us. We shouldn't find it hard to believe that we too will experience suffering. Through whatver God places before us, Jesus is the ultimate example of how to handle it.