Not Always As It Seems

I felt like my life suddenly stopped

John 20:1-10

Reference: “So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”” John‬ ‭20:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: When I first found out that our teenage foster daughter was pregnant, my heart broke. Not only had we not been able to conceive naturally for nearly 10 years but this young, challenged child was now bringing a baby into the world.

I felt like my life suddenly stopped and I didn’t want to play along any more. It was all too hard and I couldn’t see a way forward.

Four years later and life looks quite different. Our foster daughter still lives with us and her 3 year old son is the light of our lives.

He’s funny, affectionate, imaginative and loving. He’s added so much to our family I can’t imagine life without him.

If you had have told me that four years ago, I would have struggled to believe it. But in that moment I couldn’t see what was ahead.

Application: Life can be very difficult at times, but it’s not always as it seems. We can never see the full story in one moment.

A few days after Jesus was crucified Mary went to the tomb and discovered he was missing. Like any rational human being, she assumed He had been stolen.

What dark emotions she and the disciples must have been feeling to realise their friends body had been taken. But we know the empty tomb was not as it seemed.

To discover Jesus had risen from the dead must have been a shock, but also a relief, to His followers. Never would they have thought that would be the reason for His missing body.

When you follow God life is not always at it seems. He brings forth twists and turns in our lives we could never imagine.

It doesn’t mean life is always easy, but it does mean our God holds our future in His hands.

Prayer: Lord, may we trust wholeheartedly in You. We don’t always know what the future holds but we trust You hold our future. Amen.

What do you need to entrust into God’s hands?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

1 comment:

RobbieNovember 22, 2016 at 10:30 PMReply

“I couldn’t see what was ahead”, “it’s not always as it seems”
“We don’t always know what the future holds but we trust You hold our future ”

Wonderful post Linda!