The Saturday between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday is where I live most of my life — waiting. God truly deems waiting as valuable, or at least He must, because He has me (and most of us) in waiting modes most of our lives.
The disciples waited in fear behind locked doors. I have been there many times – waiting in fear. The disciples had to be bewildered as they waited. It didn’t make sense, because just a week ago, they saw Jesus enter into Jerusalem triumphantly, ready to take His place of leadership of reign and rule. Now He was gone. What were they to do, where were they to go and what were they to think? In this time of uncertainty, they waited fearfully, paralysed, unsure of what to do next.
And so I often find myself in the same place. It is so hard to wait and continue to believe that God is at work and knows what He is doing. If only the disciples could see what the next day would bring – an empty tomb, a Risen Savior, hope, grace, forgiveness, eternity. But they couldn’t see what was ahead – all they had was the fact that their Savior was gone and they were hiding in fear behind locked doors.
All they could do was to wait, for what they weren’t sure. And I (and you) wait too … for I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, not even sure of what I am waiting for. Yet, in my waiting periods, I know that God is at work growing my faith to make it stronger, bringing me hope, grace, eternity. I remember His faithfulness in the past and I know that God’s plan for me will continue. It is a faith in a sovereign God, a God who has proven so very faithful in the past.
We know that the disciples would unlock their fears and come out to a Risen Savior after waiting! They would start to understand what Jesus had been teaching them. Their faith would soar, the message of grace would transform people’s lives and the world would forever be changed. The same is true in my life, God knows what all of my tomorrow will bring. In my current state of waiting, my fears and locked doors are proving worthless as each day unfolds, because He proves Himself faithful each day. He is fulfilling His purposes for me. My waiting is to reveal His glory – not my own.
So I wait … expectedly and hopefully for my Risen Lord.