The expression “everything turned on a dime”, has been a familiar saying in my house. We use it to describe events that seem to have no warning. At least, we seem to not notice the preemptive actions in the moment that were the cause of the event. Today, we celebrate, the triumphant entry of Jesus (Matthew 21:9). Folks were waving palm branches and shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” Little did they know things were going to change drastically in the next few days. Where did things go wrong? Could there have been another way?
As far back as Genesis, and before the beginning of our time here on Earth, God knew this day would come. From “In the beginning” to “It is finished” God had a plan for our redemption. What about all the mess leading up to His death and Resurrection? Why is life still messy if we are redeemed?
Good questions that we can answer with scripture, but our hearts still ache and we seek to understand the deep things of God. We still argue with our spouse, yell at our kids, and get frustrated with our friends. Life is messy.
What was in the mind of Christ as He watched and heard the cheers? Was he cynical with a knowing grin and eye roll? No. Was he angry with shouts of cursing or a passive aggressive attitude? No. He followed God’s plan and ultimately bore witness to “not my will, but yours be done, God.”
Today, be reminded that God has a plan for you. You will experience triumphant entries in life, and, yes, “things will turn on a dime”. God is with you, and He has provided in ways you have not seen yet. It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming! (One of my favorite sermon titles from Easter).
One of my favorite therapists in the work of trauma is Lisa Ferentz. She has amazing VLOGS. My recent favorite is the shattered vase.
How do we take the shattered pieces and create a beautiful mosaic? With the beautiful, loving compassion of Jesus, time, and intentional work, little by little, we create our mosaic. If someone you love is experiencing brokenness, pray for them and be patient. If you are feeling broken, be encouraged that you are not alone and give yourself the time you need with intentional focus on God’s love for you.
Proverbs 12:16 says this
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.
Most of our mosaic pieces revolve around relationships. If we can look past the insult, we are more capable of wondering or asking why they are responding in that manner and not take it personally. Jesus, every day, looks past the offense and offers the space for you to talk about the why. When we know the why we open up the how to heal. This takes time, along with some bumps and bruises along the way.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
Did you know He leaves the 99 to save the one? If you are that one in need of His love today–He has the power to redeem! It is finished!
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? Matthew 18:12