Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10 (KJV)
I went to St. Luke’s School to have lunch with my blond, blue-eyed kindergarten grandson. As we stood in line, some of his friends started enthusiastically pelting me with information.
“We don’t go to school tomorrow,” said one little girl.
Innocently, I asked why.
“Oh, it’s Good Friday,” volunteered a student.
“What’s Good Friday?” I questioned.
At that, I got a cacophony of responses.
“Oh, that’s when Jesus was crucified,” said a wide-eyed kindergartner.
“And they put nails in his hands,” demonstrated another student with index finger to her palms.
“Then they put a crown—not a gold crown—of thorns on his head,” was the final dreadful recital.
At that moment, my William quietly said, “It was part of God’s plan, Mimi.”
Little folks are already learning that God uses suffering, particularly the suffering of his Son, to bring us to himself and to give eternal life. Will they remember this lesson as they grow up and experience suffering for themselves? It’s up to us to remind them (and ourselves), “It’s part of God’s plan.”
Father, help us to be like little children and trustfully allow you to be God in our lives and the lives of those we love. Draw us nearer that we may continue to believe that everything you plan is for ultimate good. In Jesus our Lord. Amen.