Yesterday was Palm Sunday–the day we remember Jesus riding into town on a donkey with hallelujahs all around. But the festive atmosphere turned sour just days later when he was arrested, tried, scourged, and hung on a cross to die.
Today I’m thinking about changes, how life can be full of joy and love and friendship one day and sadness and disappointment and misunderstanding the next–if we let it.
I learned an important lesson from a friend who recently lost her husband. Her life altered swiftly. One minute he was at home with her. The next he was in the hospital and hours later he died, never to be home again.
“Why me?” Jesus could have asked. “I’ve done nothing wrong.” “Why me?” my friend could have cried. “My husband was a good decent man, too young to die.”
But instead Jesus said, “Your will not mine.”
And my friend is now asking, “Why is this good for me?” instead of “Why me?”
If we trust our great God, that is the only question to ask, as I see it, for Jesus taught us through Paul in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.“
Therefore, all is good even when we don’t understand it, and God is good all the time.
I’m resting on that truth now and in the days to come. How about you?