Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.
- Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
On Good Friday, John stood at the cross beside Mary, the mother of Jesus. Together they faced what was surely the worst day of their lives, as the man they loved suffered and died. We next read of John’s racing to the empty tomb on Sunday. But where had he been on Saturday? Did he try to comfort Mary and to deal with his own brokenness? Did he spend time with the other disciples as they struggled to make sense of recent events? Did he go for a long walk, reliving the past days? If only we could have reassured him, “Hang on, John; resurrection is coming. Things will get better.” But he probably wouldn’t have believed us.
One of the worst days of my life came when I received my cancer diagnosis. People told me, “It will get better”; but I didn’t believe them. Years later, I have a ministry to hurting people, and I’m a published author. Yes, my life got better. But I didn’t believe it would when people told me.
Loss and death come to all of us. When we are broken and confused, the future seems messy. When that’s our situation, we can hang on in assurance that resurrection is coming. God says so.
Shirley M. Corder (Eastern Cape, South Africa)
Thought for the Day
Even when we see only death, God promises resurrection.
Dear Lord, when we face tough days, help us to remember that you have promised to bring good out of all our circumstances. Amen.
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