The Day Between Hurt and Hope

30 Mar

Suggested Reading ~ Matthew 27 and 28

Darkness fell, creation shook, and the curtain of the Temple was torn in two. Only days before there was great rejoicing and celebration for Jesus (Mark 11:1-11). Now, his followers were left with indescribable weeping and grief.

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The One who healed the sick, calmed the seas, and told many…so many…they would have new life through him, was gone.

Publicly mocked. Painfully crucified.  The One they believed to be Messiah was dead.

Now it is Saturday. The violence, the chaos of the previous day was replaced with quiet.  And in the silence of mourning, no doubt there were questions in desperate search of answers.

Of doubt…

If he were really Christ, why didn’t he save himself?

Of fear…

How will we go on without him?

Of anger…

We believed him! He said he would never leave or forsake us.

Not unlike our own hearts when heartbreak and confusion enter our peaceful existence. One day we can be worshipful, waving our palms of blessing and shouting Hosannna. Then comes a phone call or message. 

When we lose a loved one. Or a doctor’s words change our life plan. Or our spouse leaves. Or an evil attack leaves us exhausted and ready to give up.

These are our Saturdays. The time between dreams.  When we wonder if our lives will ever be whole again.

But, like the disciples and others who stayed with Christ until the end, we cling to the one promise remaining. And it’s the most powerful and beautiful vow ever spoken.

That Hope would raise from the dead and bringing our hearts back to life with him.

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And it came! The glorious morning when Christ mightily triumphed over darkness and death. He was risen just as he said.  His promise was kept. And joy returned!

We all experience the loneliness and pain of Saturdays. When we are crossing the bridge from raw hurt to realized hope. And maybe it seems like one, long day that just won’t end.

But don’t lose faith.  Cry, but not as those who have no hope. Question, but hang on to God’s Word and not feelings.  Keep looking forward and choose to trust.

Because each moment brings you closer to his promise.

You will smile and laugh again. A new joy will fill your heart.

Because Sunday is coming.

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4 Responses to “The Day Between Hurt and Hope”

  1. Renee Bullard March 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    I thank God for that hope, to know that my Sunday is coming! I hang on to Him as my Rock and Strength. Thank you Jesus.

    • Hearts Unfold March 31, 2013 at 2:57 am #

      Renee – you are a picture of God’s strength and perseverance. Keep looking to him. He loves you and Robert and will stay with you through this storm. Love you.

  2. kara March 31, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Thank you for reminding me where my hope is and to not lose hope.

    • Hearts Unfold March 31, 2013 at 3:00 am #

      Thank you my sweet friend. I thank God for you.

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