March marched out and spring sprung in. Finally! With all the snow and cold temperatures that plagued so many parts of the country this winter, spring was there, hiding behind all those gray snow piles, waiting to pounce out at the right moment. Well, in most places. Some are still waiting.
And just like spring, I had an epiphany that jumped up at me from behind a sentence of someone’s comment.
So, what stopped me mid-sentence?
The other day, after a short and simple comment from my sweet friend Helen (her blog), which knocked my socks off and turned on the tears, the ol’ light bulb lit up. Something about her comment made me think of Saturday, that day between Jesus’ death and resurrection, or as Jennifer Dukes Lee calls it, Sadder-day. (Great post. Hop over and read it.)
I like that. Sadder-day. Sadder-days are those bleak days. Those tomb-days when dreams and expectations are bound in strips of linen and stowed away. When the spicy fragrance of hope has dulled, having laid next to the body of death. When no visible sign of a fulfilled promise emerges; no encouragement comes; no sign of help is evident.
Yet, like Jonah, when deep in the belly of Sadder-day’s darkness, God is at work. While in that belly of affliction, Jonah prayed…
And my earnest prayer went out to you
When we have a pit of affliction, like Jonah, we praise the Lord. Praise Him for His labor in the darkness, where He’s always working His tomb effect. Where His Living Word is effecting a change within us and our circumstances, for the writer of Hebrews tells us “the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective].” (Heb. 4:12 Amp)
And like Jesus, when laid to rest deep in the belly of Sadder-day’s glory-changer, God’s Word carried on in the dark.
Do you have a dark, Sadder-day in your life? A tomb where the fragrance of hope has faded away? Where dreams have been wrapped in tears and laid to rest? Where promises wait for God to open the tomb of release?
Don’t give up. Wait for it! Wait for God’s tomb effect: His Word carried out.
God is still powerfully performing in you and your circumstances, building you up, strengthening you, encouraging you, reviving you, resurrecting you.
And Jesus, as that Word of God, is at work in your Sadder-day’s affliction. Behind that stone barrier, deep in the depths of uncertainty, He bides His time, waiting for the right moment to roll away the stone and release His power. To make your Sadder-day spring forth with new life and rapturous joy.
God is working His tomb effect in your darkness. Offer up your praise. Then, wait for it!
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