But years later, standing at the foot of the cross she must have experienced a grief that only God Himself could understand.
She heard the vile hatred spewed out at her son, no doubt with a heartrending confusion at the way things had changed. Angels had sung for Him. Kings had worshipped Him. Crowds had proclaimed Him the Messiah. Now they took sadistic glee in His suffering.
When Mary’s world exploded into the nightmare our redemption required, she did not respond in anger and curse the crowd. She didn’t respond in rebellion and demand that God change His plan.
She stayed at the cross.
As close to Jesus as she could be.
If there would be any comfort, that’s where she would find it.
As awful as it was to stay and witness the horror of the crucifixion, abandoning Jesus would be far worse.
So it is for us.
Close to Jesus.
That’s where the comfort is found.
No matter what we find ourselves facing, stay close to Jesus. Abandoning Him is far worse.