In a blink of an eye the life you knew could be taken from you. A romantic relationship gone awry. The loss of a cherished friendship. A puppy put down. Empty arms and a broken heart due to abortion. Infertility. Abuse. The death of a loved one. Dreams with a hope and future dashed in an instant.
I know. I have lived it, too. I lost my mother to a long battle of cancer recently and before that, I went through a devastating divorce. I remember thinking before my mother’s passing, “I can handled having someone walk out of my life but I know I can’t survive losing someone to death.” All of my hopes and dreams were shattered in a blink of my eye.
At my lowest moments, realization and remembrance, my thoughts are flooded with: God lost His Son, His only Son. The Father knew my loss, pain and brokenness oh so well.
That revelation is like supernatural glue applied to bind my wounded heart. The lost, dark, broken part receded as God proceeded to heal my wounds with His love and light.
How about your lost plans, hopes and dreams? Are you bitter?
What do you do? How do you move forward?
Are you ready to lay your heavy cares at the foot of the cross… and leave that burden there, so you can step into God’s plans for you? Jesus promised, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” Matthew 11:30. And “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
God’s plan for His Son was not what the people hoped for and expected as they celebrated the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday, then experienced His death on the cross by week’s end. They did not know Easter Sunday — His Son’s day — was coming.
Remember… Sunday came and Jesus arose from the grave by the grace of God to save and redeem us. This is a promise for our lives – He has plans for us that include a hope and a future, even when our plans are dashed and we can’t see beyond the overwhelming loss of now. As stated, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,’” Jeremiah 29:11
Our prize will always be ahead of us, never behind us. What is in the past, is in the past. Look ahead today, God is moving you into your future. “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:14
God would never give us more than we can handle.