Sometimes in the thick of life it’s hard to accept that the hard can be God’s plan, and that it’s better than our own plan. Far too often we think our plan is the way to go, and the best path. It makes sense to our limited mortal selves and why can’t God just see that that is how it should be?
Lot’s wife has a lot going on when we meet her in this part of her story. Three holy men have just come and warn them that they need to leave because the city is going to be destroyed. They have three daughters who are married. Lot talks to their husbands, they do not take him seriously.
In the morning the holy men take Lot, his wife and their 2 daughters out of the house quickly. Lot’s wife turns back – after being told not to – and is turned into a pillar of salt. Why did she turn back? We often are told it’s because her heart wasn’t in the right place and she longed to be there.
Let’s take a different approach. In the book Women in the Old Testament, we are given a new point of view. What if Lot’s wife turns around out of grief or sorrow? She has just left behind 3 daughters, 3 sons-in-law and potentially grandchildren. What if she turns to make sure they aren’t coming, or to see what’s happened to them, or maybe she longs to be with her children?
God’s plan does not always match ours. Heartbreak, trials, and sickness all come our way even when we follow His plan. His plan is greater though. Do you have faith to move forward without looking back to what He has in store for you?