NEW CASTLE —
Thank God tomorrow is Friday.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase as the weekend draws near. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered it myself.
But this is no ordinary week. And this will be no ordinary weekend.
For followers of Christ, Easter always delivers a powerful reminder to T.G.I.F. in a different light.
Without Friday, there could be no Sunday.
No pain, no gain.
No suffering, no redemption.
Yet over the 12 months that have passed since last Easter, our family has been learning that as long as we’re here on Earth, every day is a unique combination of Friday ... and Saturday ... and Sunday. I know that may sound weird, but stay with me on this.
Frustration, humiliation, brokenness, suffering
This isn’t heaven, so to some degree, we all experience Friday every day of the week.
Computers that don’t work, difficult people, traffic jams, bounced checks, relationship issues ... various forms of rejection and humiliation.
Then there’s FRIDAY. Layoffs, sickness, emotional and physical pain, loss.
This last year has been our FRIDAY, probably the most difficult and challenging we’ve experienced as a family.
We’ve lived through plenty of heart-break, but none of it has been a surprise.
That’s because we have a loving God who made sure to alert us up front, in John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble ...”
We have an empathetic God who’s been there and knows. In The Message, Hebrews 4:15 tells us, “We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all ...”
We have a compassionate God who allows suffering to reach us to draw us deeper into a relationship with Him. Psalm 84:11 says, “No good thing does he withhold ...”
So in the midst of our year-long FRIDAY, we’re learning we have a powerful God who is sovereign and in control. And it’s for His glory — and not our comfort or happiness — that He’s walking us through this journey.