Today is Friday. My eyes are filled with tears. My heart is aching, throbbing. The world is filled with poverty, hunger, abuse, death, grief and horrifying realities in every corner. But today, in spite of all of this, today is a good day.
Today is Good Friday.
Centuries ago, God viewed this pain, the pain of a world with sin, children cut off, children suffering and evil spread heavy over us all. He saw it and He willingly went to the cross for the joy set before Him- the joy of rescuing and restoring us. I can’t see the cross without imagining myself there. Would I have fought for him? Would I have run away? I don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know how I see myself at the cross today. I am kneeling, face buried low, sinking into grief and then rising in grace and gratitude for the gift that saved my life.
This week I have been pondering a scripture I love-
“And He will make the Valley of Achor (of trouble) a door of hope and expectation.” Hosea 2:15
It’s a Good Friday, because today marks the day when the door that didn’t exist before was carved into the Valley of trouble. Today as I imagine the pain, the poverty, the sickness and sin that shackles the hearts and lives of man, I am also picturing the door that invites us all into the greatest hope we have ever known- the satisfied life for all those who believe.
The only reason I know this hope is because I have spent seasons of my life in the valley of trouble and I eventually walked through the doorway of hope myself. The doorway where even if circumstances remain the same, the heart changes- the heart fills, the heart begins to hope and sing.
Thank you Jesus for going to the cross for me…for opening the doorway of hope in a world pierced with pain, and for granting life and peace to this weary heart.