Don’t lose hope. For God’s story never changes. It’s always one of life after death.
But maybe you feel like you perpetually live on a Good Friday – where there’s struggle and surrender — a day we can only name Good in hindsight, in the knowing of what was to follow. Or maybe you have lived a long time in the day after. Where there’s grieving for what was and waiting for what is to come. And it never seems like Sunday will come. It never feels like the grave will go empty.
For you, who longs to live life within a covenant of love. But you wait still. And it seems like the waiting will never end.
For you, whose womb remains empty. And you plead for God to conceive life in you.
For you, who can’t seem to find a place where you’re needed. And all you really want is to provide for your family.
For you, who struggles to enjoy motherhood. And you’re believing that soon the joy will outweigh the burden.
For you, who suffers from an illness. And you long for healing and restoration.
For you, who believes you’re not good enough. Thin enough. Pretty enough. Rich enough. Creative enough. And it consumes your thoughts and hinders your spirit.
For you, who are seeking purpose. To see the value in your life and find a hope to cling to.
For you, who lets fear hold you captive. And you desperately desire to embrace a fruitful life in Christ.
Your resurrection will come. Maybe not how you image it. Maybe not in your timing. But it will come.
The death and resurrection we witness in Scripture isn’t a one time event in the life of Christ. It’s an ongoing story that breathes life into all of creation. We witness it in the created world around us with the change of seasons, in the cycles of growing. We experience it in our emotional beings, when we embrace deliverance from the feelings that have kept us in bondage. We see it in our Spiritual selves, when we die to who we are and who we want to be, and Christ is made more alive in us.
These everyday deaths and resurrections are a beautiful testimony to who God is and what he’s accomplishing on the Earth. His story is written into our hearts, into the very lives we are living. And for you, who seem to experience more death than life on this Earth, you can be certain that God’s resurrecting nature will manifest in you in his perfect timing. In a way that will glorify him. In a way that honors life.
So keep waiting. Keep clinging to the hope of what is true. Resurrection is the eternal reality for those who wait and hope in the Lord.
One way I embrace the death and resurrection story in my life is by identifying the current ways I am surrendering to the Lord, the little ways I’m dying each day. And then I wait in anticipation to experience how God will resurrect new life in me through my surrender of self, and my embrace of Him.