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Holy Saturday….the wait

April 15, 2017

You’ve become one with seat in the waiting room. With every movement or person entering the room your anxiousness rises. Your prayers have been said and now you’re waiting for God to do what He promises: “Ask and it will be given to you.” To even be in this stressful situation has aged you and worn on your heart and spirit. Will you celebrate a miracle, or being the process of mourning the loss of one you don’t think you could live without?

Cut backs are to be announced at day’s end. You enter your place of work in the morning knowing that by the end of the day you may walk out with a box of your possessions and your mind consumed with the need for an updated resume and a very stressful pressing job search. As to which way your life will turn will not be determined until after you have moved through the next 8 hours.

Words were said. Arms were flailing. Voices were raised. Tears were shed. And then the door slammed shut.  Is this the end? You’ve visited this fork in your relationship before. You could’ve chosen to turn the other direction, opted for the peacemaker and not the agitator, but in the heat of the moment you felt passionate about being “right”. Now everything feels so wrong and all you can do is wait to see if you will have the opportunity to truly make things right. If you can get that 2nd chance you’ll do things better from now on; more patience, more prayer, more selflessness instead of selfishness. You are so very disappointed with how you let this “little thing” cause you to hurt the most important thing: your relationship with the one you love. You vow to do better if you get another chance but you wouldn’t blame them for not seeing your intention to change.   You hope for another chance, but for now you wait.

In each of the gospels we are told that Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus were the last to leave the tomb. The stood at the foot of the cross when he took His last breath. Mary held her son when they removed His body from the cross. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were present and helping in the process of placing Jesus’ body in a borrowed tomb. Then when all had departed they remained. They just couldn’t believe this was how it was supposed to end. Grief and belief kept them holding onto hope that this was not the end.

“The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes.” ~ Luke 23:55-56 They went home to wait through the Sabbath day until they could return and keep watch for a miracle. What a painfully long and sorrowful day that was. Do you know that feeling? Are you holding out for a miracle?

Don’t lose heart, spirit or faith. The “wait” is an opportunity to pray, ponder, and become stronger in your convictions of what is truly important to you. Perhaps what you want is not what is best for you and during this time of “wait” you are able to feel the gentle compassionate guidance in your thoughts and heart to understand that. May you have the strength to “be” in your wait, to grow in your faith knowing that He is with you during and on the other side of your wait. My hope is for your wait to be filled with peace, feeling hope, but most importantly feeling His love.

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