My dear friend Amy Weatherly shared some insightful words on Facebook this morning. (I call her my dear friend, but I’ve never met her in real life, but I love incredibly much because she shares such transparent words of beautiful encouragement in the vehicle of social media and I’m sure if we met face to face we’d totally be BFFs because she speaks my language.)
I was musing on what to share in relation to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but nothing was quite right. Then I read Amy’s post and realised what she said was meaningful and relevant and perfect. Maybe somebody reading this post needs the reminder.
Waiting is hard. We tend to be impatient by nature. Just hold on tightly to hope. Stand firmly in your faith. The story isn’t over yet.
Here is Amy’s wisdom:
“Friday was dark. Friday was death. Friday was mourning, and weeping, and pain.
Sunday was light. Sunday was life. Sunday was rejoicing, and crying happy tears, and hope.
But what about Saturday? What about the Sabbath? What about the middle day? What was going on? How were people feeling?
We don’t really know a ton, honestly.
The disciples scattered. They fled. They ran. They hid.
I’m assuming they were scared and unsure, probably in a state of shock and disbelief, wondering if they were next. Maybe mad. Probably sad. Probably confused. Probably wondering what was next for them.
Their entire lives had just been turned upside down and inside out.
The women were preparing. They were gathering oils and spices.
I’m assuming they had no clue what was coming. I’m assuming they believed this was the end. I’m assuming they were wreaked with grief.
Saturday—the day in-between—it was a day of waiting, and waiting is one of the more difficult things in life.
It’s hard when you’re waiting for someone to return your call. It’s hard when you’re in the middle of an argument and you don’t know how the whole thing is going to play out. It’s hard when your kids are going through a season of change.
It’s hard when you’re waiting on a diagnosis. Its hard when you’re waiting for treatment. It’s hard when you’re waiting on a job. It’s hard when you’re waiting on love. It’s hard when you’re waiting on a baby. It’s hard when you’re waiting on depression to subside.
It’s hard when you feel like giving up. It’s hard when you feel like throwing in the towel. It’s hard when you feel like nothing good is happening, and like nothing good will ever happen again.
Whether you’ve been waiting one day, one year, or one-half or your life, it’s just plain hard.
I don’t know much. I’m not a scholar. I’m not anything special. At all. At all. At all.
But I know this: Jesus was still working when no one could see it. Jesus was still fighting when no one could feel it. Jesus was still fulfilling promises and making things happen, because Jesus doesn’t mess around, and Jesus doesn’t let things go to waste.
Friday was good. Sunday was great. But there was a purpose to that day of waiting too.
I don’t know what you’re going through. I don’t know how long you’ve been waiting. I don’t know what the ultimate plan for your life is, and I definitely don’t know what your future holds, but Jesus does.
Hold on to hope. Sunday is coming.
Original post can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/2010855982483981/posts/2355385844697658/