By Lauren M.
A parent running in front of a truck to push her child out of harm’s way, a stranger rushing inside a burning building to rescue people whom he doesn’t even know, a man impulsively asking the woman he loves to marry him in front of a crowd. Impulsive acts of love like these are often lauded as the most passionate ones. And it is true, after all, that only a great kind of love can push people to do such acts.
Planning, on the other hand, is generally considered as a routine, passionless process. It’s commonly seen as necessary but boring. However, it suddenly dawned on me during this laidback weekend that planning is actually a reflection of God’s love. Forethought is a reflection of God’s love.
I realized that, at the end of the day, the most passionate act of love – the redemptive death of Jesus on the cross – is actually driven by the strongest of loves that far surpass the loves that fuel most impulsive acts of love. Jesus’ death was not an act of impulse. It was the result of careful planning and forethought that dates itself from eternity. A planning that involves the most intricate of details which shows how much God cares for every detail of our lives, how much He cares for us.
“This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed…” (Acts 2:23, ESV)