The Easter weekend is over and it’s now time for clean-up. Packing away decorations, boxing up plastic eggs and putting things back in order.
In the church and ministry, the weeks leading up to Easter and the big event of Easter morning requires more working hours, organizing volunteers and loads of energy. As Dave likes to say, “It’s the church’s Super Bowl!” And we have a lot to celebrate!
I’m always reminded throughout this celebration week of how great His love is for us. We are sinners saved by grace… Loved by One who never quits or gives up.
Through this past week my mind kept returning to the disciples.
At the beginning of the week, Jesus rode into Jerusalem riding a donkey. The people cheered, celebrated and were excited He was on the scene.
However, it was a whiplash of a week because by the end they went from celebration to crucifixion.
Everything was going well and then B>A>M> out of nowhere the floor fell out from underneath and the crowd with them in the beginning is now against them. The disciples began their week with joy and by the end they faced grief and loss. They sat locked in a room scared and wondering “Where do we go from here?”
Have you ever been there? I have.
I’ve been in the place where things are going well. Finances are good, relationships smooth and everyone is happy. Life is sailing smooth. Then B>A>M> something smacks hard and I find myself flat on the floor wondering what hit me. And I’m feeling just how much all that hurts. I’m stunned into a state of “what just happened?”
That’s when I go back to John 12: 16
“At first His disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize….”
In this life we travel some difficult roads. We experience circumstances that come out of nowhere. We can’t imagine they will happen to us and we don’t understand the meaning in it all.
We don’t get the “how?” or the “why?” At least not in the moment. We simply walk …one step in front of the other… trusting He knows what He’s doing.
Sometimes it’s not until we are on the other side of the trial… on the other side of the ugly… that we see God’s hand working through it all and bringing about good in the midst of bad.
I don’t know the situation you are in today. I don’t see what you are facing nor do I understand it all. But this is the truth I believe.
Christ knows… Christ sees… and He hasn’t left you to walk this part of the journey alone.
Sometimes it’s not until we get on the other side of something dying that we see God bringing life out of what falls to the ground.
A dream of yours might be dying. A relationship you cherished might now be ending and the road looks bleak ahead.
On the other side of death, there is life.
Only after Jesus’ death, resurrection and His return to the Father did the disciples see how God had been working out His plan through it all.
Only after… did they realize.
Today, I’m praying for you.
Wherever you find yourself on the journey… He is working for your good.
In the difficult, ugly and hard…. He is still bringing you through.
Hold onto Him. Trust His Word. And keep believing that even through death God brings life.
You are loved today, friend.
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