Here the whole world (stars, water, air, and field, and forest, as they were reflected in a single mind) like cast off clothes was left behind in ashes, yet with hopes that, in lenten lands, hereafter may resume them on Easter Day.
- C.S. Lewis -
This year, I've been looking over a post from a couple of years ago on Holy Saturday. The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. That period between death and resurrection. The period between the event that causes suffering and the event that brings deliverance. The eternity between sorrow and joy.
In the Easter week, Friday is definitely a difficult day. It's the infliction of pain. It's the day where the death occurs, the suffering is inflicted.
But to me, Saturday, that next day has to be the worst. It's that period of waiting. Of reality setting in. The shock wears off, and everything is real.
On Friday, they were experiencing everything as it was happening, perhaps holding out hope for a miracle to completely change their circumstances that day. Perhaps in complete shock through the whole experience.
Saturday is the day everything sharpens. Jesus died. And for all the disciples know, he is not coming back. It's that period we all find ourselves in, where all we can do is just wait in our suffering. And I do not know about you, but I'm terrible at waiting. I want solutions. I want action. I want to change things, now. And the fact always remains that you cannot rush this time.
We're all in the waiting now. With rolling state-wide and nation-wide stay at home orders, lockdowns and shutouts, everyone is waiting on a change. Waiting for this to end. Waiting for hope that this too will pass. Some of us are adjusting better than others, but we are all struggling to adapt.
The good news is that we know it does end. It does get better. "Every storm eventually runs out of rain." Especially, for those that follow the Way, for those truly living the life He has called us to, we know the end. Even if we do not see the victory here, we know who holds it in His hand.
It's Holy Saturday. But Easter is Coming!