Words of Comfort
Beyond our vision, God is at work
May 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.
What many Christians call Resurrection Sunday has come and gone. I attended my first drive-in service, helping a friend of mine do live video. He stood at the entrance of his church with the parking lot full of listening parishioners. Before the service, a 2-year-old watching from the family’s car told his mom, “I see God on the porch.” It was while no one else was there. The testimony happened at Faith Assembly Church in Rogersville.
Rain threatened the service and, as it began, there was mist interlaced with times of light rain. As Pastor Courtney reached the point of resurrection in his message, we were briefly blinded by the sun suddenly appearing. As we looked up, the sky had cleared and was a brilliant blue. That’s the story of the resurrection. Beyond our vision, God is at work.
During the darkest three days of history from Jesus’ crucifixion to His resurrection, God had a “meanwhile” going on. God’s plan was greater for those disciples and for all humanity than anyone could have ever dreamed. As the events unfolded during the time they saw Jesus beaten beyond recognition and crucified, a “meanwhile” was taking place preparing the world for a “victory” Sunday.
During that time of darkness, many questioned their faith and their relationship with God. Everything in them screamed to give up and go back home. They questioned the power of Satan to thwart God’s plan. Resurrection Sunday, however, is a testimony that during our darkest hours — whether it’s a virus epidemic and related job security or a dark hour due to a prodigal, a sickness, marriage unrest, or anything else — when we pray and trust in God, there is a “meanwhile” going on.
In God’s kingdom, beyond our three-dimensional wall, God is always at work. Sunday is coming.
The Rev. Sheldon Livesay is executive director of Of One Accord Ministry in Rogersville.