When I woke up this morning my first thought was “nothing happened today.”
Then right after I thought that I realized this is what we think often on days when we feel like God isn’t moving in the time frame or the way we want Him to. Can you imagine how Peter and the other disciples, Mary the mother of Jesus…so many, felt on this day. Defeat, shame, embarrassment- so many emotions, but I wonder if the ultimate thought they had was, “God, how could You allow this to happen?”
Some had left everything to follow Him for THREE YEARS. They had witnessed Jesus perform miracles. With their own eyes they saw Him give sight to the blind, they watched the lame leap, they collected the leftovers when He fed the multitudes, felt at peace after Jesus calmed the sea, dried their tears with Him when Lazarus walked out of the tomb. I’m sure these events flashed through their minds like a movie reel and now He was dead. Gone. Forever.
From a distance they watched as His lifeless body was removed from a Roman cross. I’m sure curiosity got the best of all of them, they probably all went to see the rock in place, sealing the entrance to the tomb where “the King of the Jews” lay dead and lifeless.
There was a war raging that could not be seen by human eyes. While they thought God had forsaken them, Jesus was a false teacher, and they had wasted three years of their lives with an imposter, sin and death were being defeated in the sealed tomb.
Often times we feel this way. God is silent. Our expectations aren’t met, and if anything it seems like the exact opposite of what we expected from God is what is actually happening.
But in the unseen God often does His greatest work.
We have days, weeks, months, sometimes years that feel exactly like this seemingly uneventful Saturday of the Holy Week. God feels distant. We assume He’s turned His back on us. We second guess promises we thought He had made us. The things we thought we heard Him say, we must’ve been mistaken. We feel forgotten. Abandoned. Ashamed. Embarrassed that we ever believed He would act on our behalf in the first place.
The third day is near. The battle is almost won. The tomb is almost empty. The Savior of the world won’t be dead much longer.
And whatever you’re waiting on…God is not done.