I've been thinking a lot about what that Saturday after Jesus death might have been like for the disciples and the followers that loved him. They were really thinkin' they got the short end of the stick.
Man, we committed our lives to this man, followed him around, left our jobs and our families, we've been made to look like fools... all for what? Death. Nothingness.
Little did they know exactly what was happening that day when they were in deep sorrow, mourning the loss of a man they loved, and questioning their very lives. If you're familiar with the Easter story, you know that after taking our sins upon himself, Jesus is laid in the grave. There is much debate about exactly where Jesus goes during this time, whether he goes to hell or to heaven. But, the truth is, it doesn't matter. The fact is that on that day when those disciples felt so lost and probably betrayed by Jesus, what they didn't know is that he was doing a great work. He was preparing a way for them. He was getting ready to come alive again.
How often are we like the disciples? Something terrible has happened in our life and we feel lost and betrayed by God. We think... if He really loved me then he would have (fill in the blank).... This is so unfair. I committed myself to him and he's left me.... or just a plain and simple God's not there.
What we might not realize, friend, is that when it seems silent and cold, and we're left in confusion and grief and we hear nothing from God, he's working things out for us. He's making a way for us. Hold fast to the Truth that Jesus spoke " I will never leave you or forsake you". Even when He's silent. Even when he seems absent. Even when you're mourning, or frustrated, or feeling betrayed or left behind. He is there. Just be patient. God is preparing to do something great in your life! In the Church we have a phrase we use often, especially around Easter, but it speaks to holding fast during trials...