Galatians 5:4-6 If you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus . . . what is important is faith expressing itself through love.
After all the drama we’ve walked through with Jesus since he raised Lazarus and invoked a serious plot to kill him, this day of Passion Week, “Holy Saturday,” feels like a “nothing” day. It’s another day of winter when we’re longing for spring. It calls us to wait a while longer, when we’re eager for the joy of Easter.
The waiting reminds me of sitting in, yes, the waiting room while Karis was in surgery to remove her graft after she contracted Legionnaire’s disease. It was impossible by any standard for her to survive that surgery with her lungs consumed by pneumonia. But it would be impossible for her to live if her body had also to contend with her suppurating intestine. So, our gathered family waited. With hope against hope.
Were any of Jesus’s friends, family, disciples waiting with hope against hope that Saturday? Did any of them remember he had told them he would rise again on the third day?
After Karis came back to us, two months after that waiting day, she was frustrated. Why had we ever doubted? Didn’t we realize God still had work for her to do here on earth? I remember staring at her, with no words to even begin to express to her the agony of day after day, hour after hour, not knowing whether she would make it through the next minute. Waiting.
Many wonderful books have been written about all God does inside us when we’re forced to wait. Turns out, it’s not a “nothing” time. It’s a time when God’s deepest work can be accomplished in us. Paul reminds us it’s not what we can do for ourselves that matters during this time. It’s what he can do in us. Our part is to turn to him in trust.
I’m excited! What will God do in me today, on this waiting day?