By Amy Weatherly (shared with permission) https://www.amyweatherly.com
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.
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 anxious as to what was next for them.
Their entire lives had just been turned upside down and inside out in an instant.
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 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.
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’s coming next, but Jesus does.
Hold on to hope. Sunday is coming.
Father, help us with our “Saturday” realities in our “waiting” seasons. Thank you that in the waiting, we have hope and know we can be still because you are good, you are God and you have all that we will ever need. Thank you for Jesus, who said yes on Friday and arose in victory on Sunday! In Jesus name. Amen.