The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about. Luke 18:34
Years ago I was walking with a crowd of people in a Chicago suburb to attend a July 4th celebration. Police were called in to direct traffic because it was heavy. One officer directed a car to go in a particular lane, and the driver shook her head and pointed that she wanted to go in a different lane. The exasperated cop said, “Lady, move in this lane. Trust me on this. I know what I’m doing.” She finally obeyed and got to where she needed to go. He had a large picture of how he wanted the traffic to flow, whereas the woman was very focused on where she wanted to go.
Jesus had just predicted his death. His disciples didn’t understand yet. They were mere days away from His crucifixion but it was hard to believe because things had been going well for them. After three years they were still trying to figure Him out! It’s almost as if they were thinking, “you really don’t know what you’re talking about!”
We find ourselves in similar situations. We don’t understand what He’s trying to do in our lives. We’re inclined to think that maybe He doesn’t know what He’s doing. We get tunnel vision and lose sight of the bigger picture.
What’s the bigger picture, you ask? God has begun a really big work in us. He’s molding and fashioning us into something greater. We don’t quite see it and we may never be able to see it clearly, but there are still things God wants to do in us. He wants us to trust Him.