I don’t like uncertainty. I don’t like not knowing. I like to make the plans and be in control.
Don’t we all?
We have to book our weekends with plans, book our days with plans, book our quiet time with quiet-time plans, etc. We have to plan time to plan.
Having plans comforts us. Knowing the future reassures us everything will be OK.
When we don’t have plans, we crumble not knowing what that idle time will be filled with; we crumble under the worry and fear of bad possibilities; we crumble just simply because we don’t know what is going to happen and that is scary.
For Jesus, He knew what was going to happen, and He was still scared. Even Jesus pleaded with God if there was another way – escape the death that He knew awaited him shortly.
The night before his murder, Jesus and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane.
There, Jesus called on His Father with a heavy heart of sorrow and asked for these plans of the suffering and pain that he was about to endure to be prevented.
Nonetheless, Jesus said, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26: 39).
Jesus knew there would be pain, that it would be hard, and even though part of him did not want it to happen, he knew God’s plans were bigger and better than anything imaginable.
“For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans for hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
For you who just lost a loved one and can’t imagine the future without them; for you who just got a cancer diagnosis and are afraid; for you who are going through the pain of not being able to conceive a child; for you who just lost your job and are feeling the weights of failure; for you who are struggling in your marriage; for all of us and the fear of the unknown, the unplanned – do not be afraid. God knows the plans and they are good. In the end, they will prosper you, and they will provide a beautiful future.
Jesus didn’t want to go through the pain and hoped there was another way, but in the end we see that because he trusted His Father, that promise God gave about His plans being the best holds validity.
On the third day, the tomb was rolled away and Jesus rose from the dead. The beautiful future was provided, the promise fulfilled.
Jesus did not die dragging his feet in fear and anger toward why this had to happen to him, but instead offered his life freely. Because of that, we are given the opportunity to inherit eternal life in his name.
God knew the plans. In the end, they prospered and did not harm Jesus, and they provided hope and a future.
Handing over the day planner is not an easy thing to do. It requires a choice – a choice to trust, and we humans have some trouble with that word.
But if we choose to trust, that promise of a prospering, hopeful, beautiful future will be fulfilled.