“She saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’s body had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’ ‘Because they’ve taken away my Lord,’ she told them, ‘and I don’t know where they’ve put him.’”
Spiraling in Despair
Have you ever had a plan go horribly wrong due to circumstances so far out of your control that you felt powerless in despair? I think this must be what Mary was feeling at the moment she returned to the empty tomb and tearfully lingered after Peter and John had left. Luke 23:53-24:1 and Mark 16:1 tell us that Mary and the other women had planned to anoint Jesus’ body for a proper burial—a task not yet completed because the timing of permission to remove His body corresponded with the Sabbath.
Now here she stood, alone in the garden facing what appeared to be an awful grave robbery, and all she could do was cry. Her beloved Lord’s body would not receive the respect it deserved. And she was powerless to do anything about it. But of course, we know God had a better plan. There was so much more to it than meets the eye.
Eternal, Global, Infinite
Sometimes, our lives take an unexpected turn. We have plans—sometimes plans we sincerely believe will honor the Lord—but events beyond our control dissolve our plans into futility. Take heart, friends, if our genuine desire was to bring glory to God, He will see it done. But perhaps He has a better way.
Whether we can see it or not, whether we recognize it or not, God’s agenda is always better than ours. We plan small, usually centered around the tiny slice of the world we occupy in our communities, jobs, and so on. But God’s plans are vast: eternal in scope, global in reach, and infinite in breadth.
Trusting and Resting
Because He is Creator, we can trust Him when circumstances spin out of our control; they are not out of His control. And because He is good, we can rest assured that when our plans crumble, His never will.
His plans are always good. Let’s rest in that even when we can’t see how the situation is redeemable. Our Redeemer can, and He has all matters in hand. There’s more to it than meets the eye.
Make a list of the plans you have made to honor God but which have become impossible. Then, pray over these plans, letting the Lord know that even though you have no control, you trust that He does and that His ways will prevail. If your plans haven’t considered bringing honor to God, prayerfully pray for clarity on shifting them so that they do.