As much as I don’t want to admit this, I’m concerned that I have a disturbing pattern in my life: leaving things half done :/
While I don’t leave everything half done, there are definitely things that I don’t finish, such as: not completing my bookshelf project, starting innumerable books but not finishing them, doing half of the ironing, writing part of a story, etc. Of course this could be very discouraging if I let myself quagmire in this awareness, but I have a fail-safe solution: God doesn’t quit!
In Philippians 1:6 it says, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Be encouraged that you’re a masterpiece in the making & the Holy Spirit is continuing to shape & grow you, never quitting, getting discouraged or giving up on you! God’s not finished!
Do you have some situations in your life that seem to be unfinished? Take a minute to consider that the day between Good Friday & Easter (today) seems to often get overlooked in light of the events on the adjacent days. But this middle day is necessary & very frequently where many of us live at various times & in various situations. If we think about it, beginnings and endings seem to get lots of attention, but the middle is the bridge & continuity between the beginning & the end. Here are a few things to help you manage the middle:
Rest: sometimes the middle is about taking a pause – when Jesus was in the tomb on Sat, His disciples had the Sabbath, which was a day of rest & pause;
Trust: it’s important to agree that God gives us what we need when we need it, including the middle season; when Jesus rose from the dead, there was a TREMENDOUS amount of activity so the Saturday pause was essential
Be present on this day: I have no doubt in my mind that Jesus’ disciples were 100% traumatized by what happened on Good Friday & were most likely totally consumed with what had just happened (yesterday) or what was going to happen (tomorrow)
Faith: Jesus told His disciples many times that He would raise from the dead after 3 days; God’s promises are solid and reliable