Thursday, April 6
Devotional written by Pastor Sarah Czerwinski, Associate Pastor to Young Adults
SATURDAY: THE DISAPPOINTMENT
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.
What happens when Sabbath is over? You’ve rested, trusting God to work in your waiting, and now you are moving forward with anticipation. That is precisely what these women were stepping into as they traveled to anoint Jesus’ body. They picked up from their waiting and moved forward with anticipation.
Over the years, I’ve spoken to many young adults who feel forgotten in their waiting. When the season of change or healing finally comes, they can miss out on the joy of it because past disappointments paralyze them. I have fallen into this mindset, letting fear instead of the love of God shape my perspective about my future.
Paul reminds us of God’s reality when He says, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” (Romans 8:38) Neither disappointment nor despair can separate us from God’s love. We must rely on God’s character as we go forward from disappointments and remind our souls that God goes with us – and He is good. The most perfect, good, kind, loving, just Father will not abandon you or forget you. Let that truth lead you forward in faith as you again trust God after disappointment.
Reflections: Take time to thank God for His heart towards you. Pray to Him to remind your soul that He loves you and goes before you into the next moment, day, week, and year.