Today is Good Friday. That name has always been a little puzzling to me because it seems like such a contradiction to call something good that was so horrible. I suppose the reality that Easter came three days later makes the crucifixion "good", but it's something I have a hard time wrapping my head around.
Anyway, I think the reminder I've needed this week is just that - God's plan is way bigger than right now. Can you imagine what the followers of Jesus must have thought and felt as they watched the earth grow dark as He breathed His last breath? They had been with Him for three years believing Him to be God's provision for not only their lives, but of their people and ultimately the world. Yet, here He was dying in agony in one of the worst ways a human being can die. They had to have felt hopeless, abandoned, and lost. Then as they huddled together in fear a couple of days later, the news comes at dawn: "He is risen, just as He said He would!!"
And here we find the truth that we are to encourage one another with as we live out the day to day here on this earth. This life is not the end. God's story and plan is way bigger than right now. It's bigger than disease, unemployment, divorce, relocation away from family, singleness, empty wombs, and all the other afflictions we experience on our journey. We're just passing through, yet most of us unpack and settle in as if this life is all we'll get.
Way bigger than right now. That's all we really need to know.
(Click here for a video reminder that it's Friday, but Sunday's coming!)