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Trust God's Plans

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.  Mark 8:31 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I rested on the exam table, held my husband’s hand, and waited for the results.

The ultrasound technician squirted warm gel on my stomach and began moving the wand. My husband and I waited to hear whether our next baby would be a boy or a girl.

“Dad, sit down!” she said “Do multiples run in your family?”

“Twins?” my husband answered.

“No, not twins. I believe there are three babies,” she answered.

“Triplets?” my husband and I both said in unison.

Our family would grow from three to six children. We laughed, cried, panicked, and prayed over the next several days as the news sank in. God had a plan for our family, and it was far different than we had imagined. We had no choice but to move forward and trust He would equip us for the journey.

Jesus revealed God’s plan to His closest friends prior to His following through with it. The news that He would be rejected, suffer, die, and rise again after three days was difficult for the disciples to accept and understand. But the suffering and pain He went through were planned since creation by His Father in heaven. Jesus accepted this plan so we could have eternal life with Him in heaven.

We have time and the Bible to help us understand Jesus’s sacrifice today, but this was a new and scary concept for the disciples. When Jesus reveals his plans to us, we can respond with denial, reluctance, fear, and arguments, like the disciples. Or we can trust and obey, knowing our trustworthy God has a plan for us. We don’t always understand what Jesus reveals, but we know He sees the big picture.

Rest assured the God who made such a great sacrifice knows what’s best for you. 

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Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons is a proud mother of six children, including one-year-old triplets. She loves to use her personal experience in suburban Kansas City and sense of humor to encourage others to read and rely on God’s Word.