It’s the day between Good Friday and Easter.
And for a moment, I want to turn my attention from Jesus to His followers because I can relate to between days … painful days of confusion, overwhelming grief and unanswered questions.
I think most of us have experienced those “in-between” days. The truth is we’re all living in the “in-between” … so, I’m praying…
Father, Please Help Me on the Painful In-Between Days
Father, in-between days should be full of hope but when yesterday is painful and tomorrow is unknown … living in-between is hard.
I can imagine myself hiding in grief with Jesus’ disciples. I picture them overwhelmed with grief at Your Son’s death and terrified of those who killed Him. Confused because it didn’t turn out the way they thought it would and full of questions about what lies ahead.
Yes, I see myself grieving and afraid.
I’ve been there, between…
- the diagnosis and the healing
- the loss and the restoration
- the lie and the truth
- the lack and the provision
- the bitter and the sweet
- the unknown and the known
I need You, Father. I need You because You live on the side of the healing, the restoration, the truth, provision, and sweetness. You live on the side of the known and You are more than able to gently and securely take me from this in-between time and space to the one that awaits me. The one You are preparing … a future hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11
With Your Spirit’s help, I will focus on Your promises that give me hope.
I will trust that whatever is going on in my life, You are able to renew my strength. I believe there will be days when You will help me soar but there will also be others when it will take supernatural strength just to keep moving ahead. (Based on Isaiah 40:31) And that’s okay … because You are with me.
That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? It’s what the disciples thought on that in-between day and it’s the lie I can so easily believe on my in-between days.
Their master was dead and they believed they had been left alone and I can feel alone sometimes too.
But Jesus said…
Jesus told His disciples, “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:20
I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.John 14:16
Your Word also says…
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38–39
So, with Your help, I will cling to Your promises.
I will trust You on the in-between days.
The truth is … every day is an in-between day … as we live between Jesus’ ascension and His glorious return. But just like those first followers on that Holy Saturday, that new day is on the horizon. A day of hope and promise and life!
Thank you, Father! Amen.
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