Hopeless. That’s what it must’ve felt like for Joseph. The finality of that stone being rolled in front of the tomb must’ve seemed like the end of the story.
We can relate to that grief. We’ve said goodbye to loved ones. We’ve fumbled through life while learning to navigate it without them, with that giant void staring us in the face every day.
Even if you’ve been spared that kind of grief, we all have grieved in some way. Lost jobs, lost experiences, lost interaction…
Hopelessness is a common temptation. Sometimes our circumstances look so impossible, so final we don’t even bother hoping. We figure there’s no point.
These are the feelings on this “day between” of Easter weekend. Allow yourself to feel them, but then remember Sunday…
That stone did not stay sealed over the tomb. Jesus did not stay dead. There is hope!
Today is a day to acknowledge grief and a sense of hopelessness. But it’s also a day to restore our hope and step into a sense of eager anticipation.
The situation that feels impossible to you today—a prodigal child, a broken marriage, a chronic illness, unemployment—whatever it is, acknowledge your hopelessness to God. Then pray for renewed hope. “I believe. Help my unbelief.”
Look ahead to Sunday. Nothing is impossible with God. He still performs miracles today!
There is hope!