This is an Easter guest post from lay pastor Greg Smith, a dear family friend and ardent follower of Jesus. Today he emailed these words to our church prayer team, and I felt they were too good NOT to share! Greg has graciously allowed me to reprint them here on The Growing Edge Blog.
Tomorrow will once again be my favorite day of the year as we celebrate our Risen Savior. Today however is Saturday. Waiting day. Wondering day. Wallowing day. Test of faith day. It’s where I used to get stuck. It’s where I see a lot of good people stuck today. Follow me here . . .
I remember when I was in perfect health. Then I got that test result from the doctor. I know God is gonna see me through this trial and use it for His glory, but now I’m just waiting. Stuck in Saturday. Wow, I remember how happy I was on our wedding day, but now that seems like such a distant memory. I’m praying and believing God will restore my marriage . . . one day. Stuck in Saturday. I love discovering family photos, but they only re-open the unhealed wound of a child whom you haven’t spoken to in years. Stuck in Saturday. I used to have a great job and could take my family on some real memorable vacations, but now I’m wondering if I can make the house payment this month. I know God has a job for me just around the corner. But right now it seems I’m stuck in Saturday.
In probably the 2nd most famous resurrection story in the New Testament from John 11, Mary and Martha send word to their close friend Jesus, that His buddy, Lazarus is dying and the Lord needs to come quickly. Jesus’ response: “So when he heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed 2 days longer in the place where He was.” When He finally decided to go to His friends, “they found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb 4 days.” Oops! Martha is livid and scolds Jesus with “Lord, IF you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus reminds her of the resurrection to which she says, “I know he will rise again on the last day.” (but I miss him now!) Stuck in Saturday.
As Jesus enters the cemetery Martha pours it on the Lord even harder, “Lord by this time there will be and odor for he has been dead 4 days.” Still stuck in Saturday. Then Jesus speaks my life verse: “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40. I love that. Essentially Jesus is saying, “IT AIN’T OVER UNTIL I SAY IT’S OVER!”
Saturday is trusting day. It’s make or break your faith day. It’s do I believe the Word of God or not day. Just as Jesus spoke those incredible life giving words to His good friend that day in Bethany, “Lazarus come forth!” He can do the same for your marriage, your finances, your health, and your broken relationships. IT AIN’T OVER UNTIL JESUS SAYS IT’S OVER!
Prayer Warriors, it’s time to rise up and pray for the broken and the hopeless and the wandering and the penniless. There is HOPE in Jesus name. IT AIN’T OVER UNTIL JESUS SAYS IT’S OVER! That’s what Resurrection day is all about. No situation is beyond God’s power to save, deliver, and heal! Let’s stomp on the serpent’s head again tomorrow with the assurance, He Is Risen. HE IS RISEN INDEED!
STUCK NO MORE!