Last Monday I was racing to get to Jennie's house for the last week of our Restless Book Club and literally the heavens were pouring down rain in Austin. Before I got on the road we had been at baseball and that was rained out, then we were at home and I was getting the kids ready for bed and our electricity went out, and then one of my kids lost their mind and was arguing up a storm with me all the while it was storming outside as well.
I left my house very frazzled. Cadyen and I had been fighting, and I didn't get to resolve it because I had to leave if I was going to make it on time. I literally left him in his room distraught. I felt awful, but we weren't making any resolve and I had to go. It was pouring down rain to where I could hardly see the road in front of me as I was driving. I felt so frustrated. I literally was wondering how I could actually encourage women when I was so discouraged myself. The hour before we went on for Restless I was so frustrated and feeling like a failure as a mom.
As I was driving down I35 in the dark night I glanced to the right and there it was – the most beautiful colors shining through the darkness. Right in front of me was nasty rain and darkness, but the light was shining through. The storm had already past there and the beautiful colors were heading my way next.
In that moment God pressed on my heart that the sun is coming. The darkness will go away and the sun will shine through. I began to cry as I realized how many times I only see the dreary right in front of me and forget about the sun that's on the horizon. Some trials in our life might not ever see the light until the day we are home with Jesus and his light shines forever. Some of our trials are momentary now and the sun is on it's way. It seems dark now, but friends the light is just around the corner.
Today as we celebrate and remember the day Jesus died on the cross for us, it's a tangible reminder that the sun is coming. Friday is dreary and the world seems to stop, but Sunday is coming and the sun will shine for sure. Friday leaves us feeling defeated, but Sunday leaves us feeling victorious. Friday is full of heart ache, but Sunday is a day full of rejoicing. Friday is dark, but Sunday is full of light.
Friends, whatever your Friday is now, just know that Sunday is coming. The light will shine through.
Luke 24: 46 -47 “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations”
**If you are in Austin and looking for a place to worship, I would love to invite you to join us at The Austin Stone. There are several services and locations to chose from all around town. **
Love this pure honesty you articulate that so many us moms trying to balance so much face. How many times when we finally are able to go do something for ourselves or for our work it seems like it is just raining at home. And its funny because often times in that season I feel like its all on me and the truth its not! Your story of your evening is a great reminder that God is there and turns to him because there is no way we can do it ourselves. What an amazing God we have that he is clinging to us in these events if we just take a moment to remind ourselves of his grace.
Blessings to you and your family this Easter season!