Do you ever have days that you wish could just forget happened? Does your life look like it’s headed for the darkest, smelliest sewer? Has your faith suffered because of it? When things seem their worst, that’s the time to pour on the prayer. God invites us to come to Him with all our cares and troubles and He promises to give us rest.
There are times when I doubt that and try to manage things myself. In those times, I find myself becoming even more defeated. God created us to think for ourselves – to use our brains and abilities to forge through life. The truth is, we can do nothing apart from Him other than making the wrong choices. We still possess a free will.
Even then, we have a gracious God, who forgives our foolish actions, our mistakes, our flubs, our sins. He is not simply the great puppet master in the sky. He’s the Father of all of us and wants only what’s best for us. That’s why this week is such an important reminder for us.
On the Sunday before His Son suffered on a cross, Jesus rode into Jerusalem to the sounds of loud praises from the crowd. The hoped for Messiah had arrived and He would fulfill all their hopes for freedom from oppression. Throughout the week, the conquering hero would be subjected to betrayal, denial, humiliation, hopelessness, physical torture, abandonment from His friends, His Father, God and finally succumbed to death.
Yet in those days leading up to the crucifixion, Jesus was providing more than freedom from another ruling nation. He was setting the wheels in motion for the greatest change to affect mankind since creation.
Still we look for someone to handle our problems right now. We think we need to be involved in the process. We think we know better than God. Our selfish natures lead us to think that we’re in charge and we fail again.
Faith in God may sound like we’re giving up, but it’s more than that. By believing in something we can’t see, we’re demonstrating complete trust. Believing in God is the greatest of all relationships, because He will never let us down.
Let’s prepare for this week with faith filled hearts. As Mary pondered all the events of her Son’s life, she proved to be a living example of the kind of faith God wants from us.