Daily Reading & Prayer
Luke 24:13-17 “Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’ They stood still, their faces downcast.”
Most people on Saturday before Easter spend their day doing Easter egg hunts, cooking and anticipating Easter Sunday. But the feelings of Jesus’ followers were not exceptionally hopeful that Saturday morning. These fellows were grieving the loss of a friend, of a teacher. Maybe doubt had crept in. Maybe they questioned if they had been deceived. Maybe they believed they were next to be crucified.
What do we tend to do in the silence? In the moments between the unanswered prayers, do we keep the faith? Are we patient? Maybe you are dealing with grief or loss – this profound silence. Just like the early disciples, you may be feeling God-forsaken or abandoned.
They couldn't see what was happening in the heavenly realms. They couldn't imagine or dream what God had planned to break through the darkness. But God was already preparing for the greatest miracle this world had ever known.
When God is silent, be patient because he is still at work. The best is yet to come.
In the silent moments of our lives, we can be tempted to question God. Trusting God is active: thinking, speaking, remembering, and obeying. So in these silent moments, remember what he has already instructed you to do – and keep doing it until he shows you what’s next.
Father, I believe that you are moving in spite of my circumstances or situation. I believe that you are active even on the Silent Saturdays. I will trust you and your promises. I will place my faith in your goodness and your everlasting mercy. In the name of Jesus, Amen.