Monday, March 10, 2014
Morning Psalms: 41, 52 | Evening Psalm: 44
Genesis 37:1-11 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-19 | Mark 1:1-13
If we were to see time like a tunnel, we might look at the life of Christ and see the bright light of His miraculous birth, His sudden arrival at the Jordan river to be baptized by John the Baptist, and the multiple miracles that occurred during His three-year ministry on earth. But looking deeper in, we might be discouraged to see that as this time tunnel continues we can see no light for an exit. For Christ, this darkness is his death, the grave, and separation from the Father.
“Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me” (Ps 42:7) writes the Psalmist. “All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me. They say, ‘A deadly thing is poured out on him; he will not rise again from where he lies.’ Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me” (Ps 41:7–9). “[His brothers] hated him even more for his dreams and for his words…his father rebuked him” (Gen 37:8, 10).
We have all had a moment in our own lives when it seemed as though infinite darkness was all that lay ahead of us. The time of Lent can be a time of remembering those moments when we entered the darkness in faithful hope of the light at the end of the tunnel. We can also remember that the tunnel of time turns sharply, revealing the light only once we have gone through the darkest of moments. In the life of Christ, the Resurrection only came after it seemed as though all was lost. Let us remember the endings of these Psalms, the story of Joseph, and the resurrection of Christ. That it might give us hope as we may enter darkness again.
Oh Lord, may we put your hope in you and praise you as our Savior and our God even in our times of darkness. May we remember your past faithfulness of bringing us into the light. Amen
Chris “Poppy” Popadich
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