I remember the drive as I headed out early to purchase the last items I needed for my Easter dinner. I was filled with excitement as I anticipated Easter Sunday and the joy of worshiping and remembering the empty tomb! The sky was kind of gray and cloudy as I headed out, but I needed to get this done.
As I drove into town, my mind went to the first Easter Saturday – that very day after Christ had been crucified. I thought about the disciples, the many other people who had heard Jesus and believed He was Who He said He was, and of those that had seen His miracles and had turned in faith to Him as their Savior. How must they have felt on that day after? I’m sure many were filled with mixed emotions. They had seen Him suffer, some had buried Him. He was dead. Many must have felt hopeless, gloomy and discouraged.
“Oh!” I thought, “if only they could know what we know now they would never have doubted! They would be as excited as I am as I anticipate Easter’s arrival!” They wouldn’t have been filled with sadness, gloom or despair if they could know what we know!
It was then that the Lord whispered in my heart,
“If you could know what I’m at work doing right now in your life, you wouldn’t be filled with despair in your trials either.”
How right He is! Why do I doubt Him? Why am I filled with sorrow in difficult days? It’s because I believe the enemy’s lies when he says – “Nothing good could come from THIS!” “Your life should be happier!” “This is never going to get better – give it up!”
No! My God is at work fulfilling His great plan for my life – to make me into the image of His Son. It may take cloudy days, days of pain or suffering, but He’s got a reason, and I must trust Him!
Still in my car and carrying on this dialogue with the Lord, I looked up to see that the sun had burst through the clouds in splendor and beauty. It was a visual of the lesson He had just spoken to my heart. Something lovely is behind the dark clouds; wait and watch!
What dark cloud of difficulty are you staring at today? Keep your eyes on Christ! He is at work on a plan that will leave you speechless!