Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed, John 20:1&8, NKJV.
It was bound to happen. So many hours, so much data; add emails, contacts, calendars and a virus, and there it went. My computer crashed. I don’t know all the technical terms for what happened, but all I saw was a locked-up screen, and instruction boxes covering the screen before I could get the computer shut down. I was upset. I was frustrated—why would God allow all my work, my contacts, my writings to be locked up inside a metal box with little hope of their return? What was I going to do? There was no way I could remember all of that information.
As I waited for my wonderful, “techy” husband to rebuild my files, I began to calm down. Three days passed, and then the first glimmer of hope. As I sat watching him opening the first few files, I could not help but think of a resurrection. Did I dare to think the files would be restored and life would go on with the information in tact? What would it be like on the other side of this computer meltdown?
I thought of the disciples. Their hopes and dreams—the knowledge they had of Jesus as the Messiah—was shattered in their hearts as He hung on that cross. They left Calvary upset, frustrated, hurting. They were probably asking, “Why, God? How could this have happened? We left everything to know Him; to follow Him and there is no way we can keep on believing now.” And yet, three days later—did they dare to hope? As the women came back from the tomb, declaring crazy ideas of a resurrected Lord, was there a possibility of restoration? Was there truly a life to live on the other side of the sorrow and pain they had just experienced?
Yes—a resounding yes! Because of Jesus, there is hope. There is restoration. There is life after the meltdown—the demise of a marriage; the loss of a loved one; an illness that robs health and strength. There is a loving God who will not leave you in the darkness of sorrow or the depths of despair. He will restore you. He will help you go on—and life will be sweeter on the other side of restoration!
Thought-provoker: In what areas of your life do you need restoration? Do you have hope?
Lord, You are the great Hope-Giver! Thank you for restoration, and thank You for Your resurrection that shows us Your awesome power! Amen.