The Hope of Easter
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NRSV)
On the Saturday before Easter, Erica Smith, from Tennessee, woke up in tears, feeling completely overwhelmed. She had just given up a job that gave her worldly success so that she could live a life dedicated to ministry, and her new vocation was riddled with obstacles. To make matters worse, her husband had just been told that the promotion he was promised had been given to someone else. They couldn't understand why God felt so far off and silent, and they were anxious and confused.
Erica realized how disoriented the disciples must have felt on the Saturday before the first Easter. They not only mourned the loss of their teacher and friend but also their hopes and dreams that he would be their earthly king. Their decision to leave their jobs and families to follow Christ must have seemed pointless, and they were probably looking for answers. Like the disciples, we can't always see how God is working in our lives. But we know how the story ends. Amid the confusion, anxiety, and waiting we may experience during our dark "Saturdays," we can be assured that God is at work in the world, giving us the hope of Sunday - the resurrection of Easter morning - and new life through Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray for those who are going through a "Saturday" - those who are in a time of confusion and waiting. Give us the hope of Easter Sunday, in Jesus' name, amen.