Today is the day that Christians celebrate “Good Friday”. All over the world our eyes are turned upward and our hearts tuned into a period of time that changed the world forever. But on that day so long ago, this was not a “good” Friday. What had begun as a triumphal entry and a shared meal with those closest to him, had turned into arrest, betrayal, torture and death. Those that loved him would not have seen anything good about this day. The sky turned dark, hearts were broken, hopes were shattered and dreams died as the one who had come to bring light and goodness and healing died on a cross. No, it was not a good Friday. They did not have the gift of time, distance and history to show them what we know and so for them it was a time of darkness, despair, confusion, grief and discouragement. They did not know Sunday was coming and that darkness would be turned to light, hearts would be filled with joy, and a new hope, a new dream would rise out of all the despair. Without that very bad Friday there would never have been the glorious Sunday! We have the luxury of looking back and understanding that the event that was their deepest sorrow was necessary to provide the unspeakable joy that His resurrection brought.
Perhaps today you sit in a place of darkness, of despair, of pain or loss. Perhaps you have lost hope and today is a very bad day for you. Whatever the burden you bear today, remember that beyond the pain, the sorrow, the darkness there is hope and light and joy. Sometimes we have to have a bad Friday to have a fantastic Sunday. Sometimes the value of our suffering can only be seen through the lenses of time… but do not lose hope. What you see today is not all there is…and it is not the end of the story!