Jesus tells the disciples about the suffering that is ahead and of his death. Rather that=n prevent His own suffering, He explains that the disciples should prepare for their own suffering. He tells them to follow the Leader, to take up their crosses and follow him.
The Bible tells us that we will suffer. Life will be difficult. We will feel hurt, loneliness, and disappointment. And yet, for some reason, when these things happen we are surprised and we wonder why God would allow this. We might even feel like God has shied away from us, or forgotten about us- but this is not the case.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12)
God is with us in every breath of the pain, in every moment of doubt, and He cries with us. He is there to lift us up, to let us rest upon Him until we regain our strength. And if we trust Him, and let Him work through the pain to rebuild our shattered pieces, He will create in us a mosaic masterpiece.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10)
Take up your cross, and tell the world through your actions who He is. Get on your faith walk and invest in His plan. Sweetly broken and wholly surrendered.
At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
Lyrics from “Sweetly Broken” by Jeremy Riddle (click here to listen)