A few minutes ago Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. In the moments that followed, the afternoon sky became dark as midnight. The birds stopped singing, and the wind refused to blow. Even the crowd that hours earlier had been screaming for His blood now looked on in complete silence.
The only sound you could hear were the cries of Jesus’ friends and family. They stood at the foot of the cross weeping bitterly as they watched the last drops of His blood spill out unto the ground just in front of them. Lifting their tear-filled eyes towards heaven they cried out to God, “How could you let this happen? What good can come of this?”
God answered them saying, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). Be still and know I am God (Psalm 46:10) and know that all things work together for the good of those that love Me (Romans 8:28).”
God had a plan but they couldn’t see it clearly because they were looking through the eyes of man which only see the present. But God can see the beginning of history as clearly as He can see its ending and knew that everything would work out the way He wanted it to.
Where they saw an ending, God saw a beginning. Where they saw death, God saw resurrection. Where they saw hopelessness, God saw the gap between Creator and Creation being bridged. God turned the worst event in history into the greatest. And He can do the same for you and your trials.
Turn your problems over to Him and He will give you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:3).