The other day my students were doing some work independently, when all of a sudden, I started to hear whispers. One student looked up from doing her work and looked over to her neighbor, “Make a wish…” And then another student looked across the room to another, with a bit of a louder voice, “Make a wish…” I asked them why they had to make wishes at that very moment. “Ms. Mathews, it’s 11:11 you HAVE to make a wish.” Uhhhh…okay sweet children, okay…is what I was thinking. I did my best to redirect my students and encouraged them to focus on the task at hand. Although for them, they had to stop everything for that one minute to make a wish. As life goes on, and we aren’t eleven anymore, we start realizing that “making wishes” doesn’t really mean much. But we still hope.
We still imagine situations happening that we know we can’t make happen ourselves. We hope to see our “dreams come true.” What my students don’t know, yet, is that as they focus on more important things, the wishes they thought they wanted to come true, will probably become less and less significant. And oh is this true as we venture to walk this life here following Jesus.
Before Jesus headed to His crucifixion, Scripture tells us this –
And He…fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” | Matthew 26:39
Jesus, Himself, had a wish. He wished that He wouldn’t have to face what He knew was planned for Him. He wished He didn’t have to actually suffer through His destiny that was already written out from the end to the beginning. Jesus Christ was equally man and equally God. He had every right to change the course of His destiny. But that’s the beauty of this story. That’s the beauty of the good news of Jesus Christ, who is the sole Savior to this wretched world. He could have made His own wish come true, but He yielded to His Father’s will. He yielded. He, in unity with the Father, made His wish, but was confident that whatever the Father had planned would be the best.
Whatever your wish is today, are you willing to lay it down and pick up what God has planned for you, trusting that His best is better? No matter what others say and no matter what your circumstance is, He is the Author of your salvation. He has written out a beautiful story for you to live, with Him in first place. Jesus didn’t make His wish without recognizing who His Father was. He wanted what God, the Father, willed. Sure, He had a request, but that request didn’t change the fact that He knew that the Father knew best. And here we are today as direct recipients of Jesus’ obedience to the Heavenly Father.
Things may not happen as we always imagined. Actually things may happen in a way that we would have never imagined in our wildest dreams. But be assured that your wishes rest safely in the hands of the Heavenly Father. Just like Jesus, we can trust that what He has planned is what’s best. No one or no thing can get in the way of what He has planned as we seek to follow Him, as Lord of our lives. We can trust that in the end, in the end, we have Jesus, Himself, to look forward to. So now, we hold on to that hope and wait for Him. Though my students may be a bit jaded in thinking that when the clock strikes 11:11 their wishes will come true, they have a sweet innocence that causes them to hold on to hopes. We, too, can hold on tightly to our hope.
Make a wish like Jesus. Recognize who your Heavenly Father is, realize who you are as His child, and rest in knowing there’s nothing better than His best.