Black Satruday

5:09 PM

woman in black clothes sitting on chair by the window depressed

Black Satruday

A day of total bleak silence for Jesus' followers after His death. Imagine their grief from losing a friend and a teacher. Their hope. Wow, imagine losing your hope!

Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, 
about eight minutes without air...but only for one second without hope. 
-Hal Lindsey

That must be one difficult time for the disciples.

They had to deal with their personal loss, their confusion of what's happening, maybe even pain of betrayal (I really thought He was the One. Why did He let it happen? Why did he not fight back if He was powerful?).

They also had fear. What if they would come after them next and make them suffer the same way?

There was uncertainty of the future.

Black is an apt word to describe that day. It must have been figuratively the darkest time of their lives.

Our Black Friday

It got me thinking about what we're going through today. Our present life is filled with uncertainties.

When is this l ockdown going to end?
What will happen after this?
What changes await us?

What kind of person are we becoming during the darkest moment of our lives?

Do we doubt like Thomas did?
Do we hide from the world like an injured dog?
Or do we, like the women of Galilee continue our connection with the Lord and follow His commandments?

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. They went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his bodyBut they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
-Luke 23:55-56

I'd like to claim I did what those women did when I had my Black Friday.

But I'm more of a hiding and doubting kind of person and it will take me a few days before I get a grip and move on.

This crisis is like the longest, most silent, most excruciating Black Friday we're all experiencing at the present.

This will be over soon.

While it isn't, I will keep holding on to God's promises. That's all I can do really.

He is my hope, my refuge, my source of strength, my inspiration.

He went through all the pain of Good Friday and went radio silent on Black Saturday because He knew Sunday is coming.

Your turn

  • What is your Black Friday?
  • How do you deal with times like these?

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