How well do you handle disappointment? How do you react when it seems your whole world has crashed around you? Who do you run to when you need a shoulder to cry on? Have you ever had to run for your life? What do you think your reaction would be?
We all have down times. Sometimes those down times go deep. We may end up in the deepest valley we could ever imagine. We search for a way out. We set and revel in our sorrows. We don’t want to go out in public. We can’t find the strength to get out of bed. We struggle with the simplest of tasks.
Yet there is always One who is with us. God does not abandon us (Matthew 28:20). He provides us with the strength we need to continue to move forward, according to His plan (1 Peter 4:11). It is when we are in the deepest of valleys that we need to rely on God more than ever.
Thinking about our own deep valleys, can we put ourselves in the shoes of the apostles on the day after Jesus was crucified? They thought He was going to be a king. They had put three years of their lives into following Him, hearing His parables, having Him explain them, and professing that He was the Messiah—the long-awaited Messiah of Israel.
The apostles were hiding on that Saturday. They feared for their lives, thinking the Jewish leadership would be coming for them next. The door to the room where they were staying was bolted shut. I can only imagine the way they felt—having their whole world crumble around them.
Put yourself in their shoes for just a moment. Imagine the man you’ve trusted to bring all things of promise, glory, riches, removal of your enemy from your country has been crucified and buried the day before. You’ve seen him tried, beaten, and brutally killed. How would you feel?
Most of us cannot fully imagine what that would be like. Sure, we’ve experienced some bad times, deep emotional valleys, and lost loved ones. What carried us through those experiences? Was it our sheer force of will or did we lean on God? One of those answers will help us get through them in better shape than the other.
So, as we go through this Saturday, many of us in despair, trust God to carry you through. As we all continue our worrying about the COVID-19 affects and whether we or one of our family members may be infected, lean on God. As we continue to attempt to isolate ourselves, spend time with God.
I pray we all reflect on the despair the apostles experienced. I pray each of us will take inventory of our relationship with God. I pray we trust God to get us through our current situation. Do not despair. Have faith in God. Know that Jesus fulfills His promises.
John 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”