Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Don’t miss Sunday’s miracle
I am currently reading Cast of Characters by Max Lucado. I’ve read a few Lucado books. He has a unique writing style that I appreciate and a knowledge of Scripture that goes far beyond my meager understanding.
Cast of Characters profiles numerous Biblical characters. Max presents their stories and the lessons we can learn from their lives.
I was reading a chapter about John on the bus on my way home from work on Monday and was so glued to the words that I completely missed my bus stop. While I normally get off one house away from mine, I walked three blocks in nearly 100 degree heat (in dress clothes and heals no less) due to my distraction.
What I read in this chapter rocked my world. And I’m pretty sure God meant for me to read it right now. Ad maybe he means for you to read it to.
Chapter 9 (titled From Tragedy to Triumph) describes John as a close friend of Jesus who spent much time with him in the upper room, in the Garden of Gethsemane, at the crucifixion. Max references John 19 which is a chapter that describes John and others preparing for Jesus’ burial and how difficult this must have been for John. He didn’t want to believe or accept that Jesus was dead. But as they approach the tomb with linens to bury him, the reality of Friday’s tragedy – Jesus’ death on the cross – was devastating and heartbreaking.
Here’s the words that took my breath away:
“John didn’t know on that Friday what you and I now know. He didn’t know that Friday’s tragedy would be Sunday’s triumph. John would later confess that he “did not yet understand from the Scriptures that Jesus must rise from the dead” (John 20:9).
That’s why what he did on Saturday is so important.
We don’t know anything about this day; we have no passage to read, no knowledge to share. All we know is this: When Sunday came, John was still present.
Did he understand Jesus? No.
Was he glad Jesus did what he did? No.
But did he leave Jesus? No.
What about you? When you’re in John’s position, what do you do? When it’s Saturday in your life, how do you react? When you are somewhere between yesterday’s tragedy and tomorrow’s triumph, what do you do? Do you leave God – or do you linger near him?
John chose to linger. And because he lingered on Saturday, he was around on Sunday to see the miracle.”
Oh friends, do you understand this? Does it resonate with your heart? You may be living a Saturday right now. Today might be the day between your tragedy and your triumph.
When I think about my journey to parenthood, I didn’t know on Friday what Sunday held. Friday my scars were pronounced (both physical and emotional) and my heart was tender. My eyes were full of tears. My mind and body were exhausted.
My Friday tragedy was grieving the loss of my second baby in the womb.
But I didn’t know that Sunday’s miracle was just a day away.
Did I understand what Jesus was doing in my life? No.
Was I glad about what had happened? Certainly not.
Did I leave Jesus? Thankfully no.
And because I lingered on Saturday – in the midst of heartache and doubt and uncertainty – I got to experience Sunday’s miracle.
On Friday I didn’t know my son existed. On Sunday I was holding a miracle in my arms.
And today, during a long season of unemployment, I have to ask myself the questions that Max proposes to his readers:What about you? When you’re in John’s position, what do you do? When it’s Saturday in your life, how do you react? When you are somewhere between yesterday’s tragedy and tomorrow’s triumph, what do you do? Do you leave God – or do you linger near him?
Right now, it's a Saturday in my life. But I believe tomorrow’s triumph is coming. And I'm choosing to linger because I don’t want to miss Sunday’s miracle.