Advent 3 – When Plans Change
Wednesday, December 19

Luke 24:1-8
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they  remembered his words.

“That’s not the way it was supposed to happen! It’s not what I planned!” I still remember saying those words to my husband when we found out that our son would have to be delivered via C-section. I had spent months making plans for when he arrived and just assumed that his actual birth would go as planned…after all, I had a list! But he was delivered via C-section, and he was a healthy, beautiful boy, and despite all of my planning, we lived a different reality; and it was good.

The women must have been feeling the same way when they approached Jesus’ tomb. They had walked with Jesus, and though they weren’t always directly involved in the conversations, they overheard what Jesus told the disciples. They knew that He was the Son of God and expected Him to be their Savior, but He died and they were overwhelmed by grief. That’s not the way it was supposed to happen!

Do you ever get caught up in all of your Christmas planning? You have your lists and your plans and in the busy-ness of preparations and checking items off your list, you forget why you are doing it all? I remember watching my mom when I was little—my brother, sister, and I quickly learned that when Mom “got into a tizzy” we should just stay out of the way. Just as their grief consumed the women who visited Jesus’ tomb, and they forgot what He had told them, Mom’s planning and preparation blinded her to the truth—the reason for all of her preparations.

This Christmas, spend some quiet time alone with God and remember what Jesus told you.

By Laura Griffith, God’s GALS Precept study