Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died. Mark 16:7
The disciples were all probably feeling pretty awful when the news came from the angel that Jesus had risen. But Peter? Peter had just denied even knowing who He was. And to make it even worse, Jesus Himself had warned Peter that it was going to happen. But yet the angel comes along and issues a personal invitation to Peter. It was like he was saying “Don’t forget to tell Peter – this is for him too!”
He hasn’t forgotten any of us. I’d venture to say that the last six months have been some of the hardest trials I’ve faced. A dark valley that the Lord has most surely been with me through. And yet there are days that I wonder – how long will I be left in the valley? I’ve learned much here. I’ve learned how to trust the Lord with injustice. To trust what He says about me in the face of persecution and accusation. To simply believe that what the enemy meant to destroy me with, God planned for good to come out of it. (Gen 50:20).
But I’m still in that waiting phase. Still wondering when the sun will shine again. I have many wonderful and good things in my life – truly, I lack no good thing. And yet, I am so unsure of His plans for me. I think the closest thing I can compare it to is that season of being pregnant. That feeling of expectation. You know it’s coming but you’re not sure exactly when. You notice every little twinge, every little pang and wonder if today is the day God will reveal what he’s been up to.
I don’t think today is that day. But it’s not going to keep me from hoping. From that expectation that God has a purpose and plan to fulfill and we all have a role to play in that. Including me. Including you.
We just need to wait to see exactly what part we will get.