There’s a day between grief and hope where the silence can be eerie and the questions remain, “Will God come through? Did I hear Him right? Is there still hope for me?” This is where Jesus’ followers found themselves on Silent Saturday – the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday – between broken dreams and new life. In between times we’re all too familiar with in our own lives. Times where we’re left alone with the thoughts in our head and tempted to get busy to dull the screaming voices and pain inside.
But extreme busyness wasn’t possible for the Jews that Saturday because it was the Sabbath – a day of rest. And it usually isn’t all that helpful for us either. I’ve always been struck by Luke 23:56, which recounts that after the women who followed Jesus saw how He was buried, “they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.” How counter intuitive to rest. Instead of panic. Instead of run. They chose to obey God and do what they knew to be right when they could have justified all kinds of other activity amidst the chaos in their world and grief all around them.
What a timely example in a world turned upside down by a pandemic. That as followers of Jesus we can choose to rest in His promises and remember His words when everything within us screams of a forever abandonment of God. Because with God, hope is never lost. Rather all silences are ultimately the pause before the crescendo of the full music of the new heaven and earth where the symphony of worship to the King will forever break the silence of grief, hopelessness, and despair.
And while we wait for that full reality, I pray that our hearts don’t become deafened to the fresh move of God so that we don’t recognize Him even after He brings resurrection life. Like the disciples didn’t on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24). Thankfully, Jesus interrupted their silent despair with the revelation of His presence and I trust He will do the same with us who are committed to hearing His voice.
- Katelyn Pallas
Minister at Jesus Christ Salt & Light Church