I woke up with this Scripture on my mind: “Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”(Matthew 2:18b)
God warned Joseph in a dream, but apparently didn’t warn the other fathers.
It served His purposes for those children to die. There is no way to know if their mamas ever suspected the reason or understood the plan.
We read the “story” focused on Jesus-as is right. And we conclude that everything turns out well. But those families lived the rest of their lives with grieving hearts.
The Kingdom has always advanced at a steep cost and the ways of God are mysterious.
This tension is hard to bear.
We live in a scripted world where we can watch and re-watch news, events, movies and Youtube videos. We can read and re-read books. And our attention span is short.
Our compassion is often short, too.
We want to rush past the hard parts, the sad parts and the uncomfortable parts.
We want to get to the end of the story because we want to see how the parts fit together.
But when you are living the story, you can’t hurry to the end. You must live each day, each minute as it comes.
The only way to make it through is with patient compassion, tender mercy and extravagant grace.