Updated: May 10, 2021
What do you do when you find yourself living in the "in-between"?
The disciples have just watched a man they've given up everything to follow for three years die the gruesomest death, execution by the Romans on a cross. This Jesus they for sure thought was the promised Messiah. They thought Jesus was going to be the fulfillment of all of the prophecies and covenants, including the Davidic one about ruling on the throne. The thing is, they had in mind a political throne... and it's now Saturday for them.
Can you imagine them remembering that Friday? Jesus said, "It is Finished" and they saw their hopes die when He gave His last breath. Jesus said, "It is Finished" and they probably went through all the scriptures they remembered trying to make sense of what was going on because the MESSIAH DYING is not what they expected. It's the day between Friday and Sunday and they are discouraged and their souls are cast down. "BUT! BUT! BUT! That is the Son of God, how could He have died on that cross? Did satan win?!? How did we get it wrong, how did we get HIM wrong?"
There are seasons where Christians find that they're looking at something God has allowed or done in their lives and we just don't understand. Is it a "Saturday" for you? Did you think God was going to do things differently...? Is this turn of events not what you expected? "BUT! BUT! BUT! I am following you, God! I am serving you and I am confident I am in the center of your will! God, I don't understand what you are doing! This is not what I've expected at ALL! Did... did... did i get it wrong? Did I get HIM wrong? Did ... satan win?"
That Friday was not good for the disciples at all. Their hearts were broken. Their hopes were crushed. All their understanding was turned upside down. Saturday was probably the longest and darkest day of their lives... But Sunday is only a few hours away. Friday it seems they lost, Saturday they've accepted that as truth but they didn't know God was working on Friday AND Saturday, the "in-between, and they only realized that when that glorious morning came on Sunday and Jesus rose from the grave and showed Himself to them.
The disciples see the "in-between" in a different light only after they've seen that "God raised him (Jesus Christ) from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. (Acts 2:24 NIV)" It was only in the light of what happened that Sunday that the disciples understood what happened Friday.
Maybe you find yourself living in the "in-between." Maybe you've been living there or will live there for a while and it wasn't just a day like it was for the disciples. No one knows when their "Saturdays" will end BUT can you find comfort in the truth that, "God is working in your life, even during the "in-between." How do I know? Well, Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:11, "He (God) makes everything work out according to His plan. (NLT)" Satan thought he was defeating Jesus but he was wrong. You and I will only understand the "in-between" after we've made it to the other side.
So what do you do during the "in-between" days, weeks, months, and years of your life? Trust God and wait to see a glorious morning. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5 KJV). Some nights last longer than others, some last a lifetime but if you endure and trust God, joy WILL come, whether it's in this life or the one to come.
"Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God to order and provide
In every change, He faithful will remain
Be still my soul thy best, thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end."