I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday who is going through a tough time. I won’t get into specifics cause it doesn’t matter, but we all know what tough times are like.
Whether our challenges are physical, financial, parental, marital, vocational, spiritual, we all know what it’s like to feel down and discouraged.
In the middle of this conversation, my friend said something that caused my ears to perk up. What he said wasn’t profound, nor was it something I had never heard before, but it was inspiring because of the circumstances I know he is facing as he was speaking the words.
To remind ourselves of God’s goodness in the middle of our difficulties is the hardest part of it all, isn’t it?
But we mustn’t forget that God is good.
That He is orchestrating good things in and through us.
And that His plans are always in alignment with His perfect timing.
Or as my friend so inspiringly worded it:
The death was first and then came the resurrection. It wasn’t the other way around.
Dying to ourselves… facing tough challenges… confronting the uncertain… and stepping out of our comfort zones are definitely hard and seemingly unbearable situations. But Easter is not just a weekend we celebrate; it’s a lifestyle we embrace, embody and exemplify.
What dies for His sake can find assurance through the resurrection that new life in Him will come alive again. Because even in our darkest moments, God is good.
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you. Psalm 139:12 (MSG)