Day 7: The Moment Before The Miracle
When we talk about Easter, we don’t talk about Saturday because Saturday is dark and hopeless.
The darkest time in my life was when I thought I was going to lose my marriage. Nearly two years of infertility treatments had taken its toll on our relationship. To add fuel to this growing fire, we had changed addresses seven times in an attempt to chase the disappearing real estate market. In the process, our faith foundation had become surface-level at best.
The storm was real. We were broke and broken.
My wife and I became entrenched in social activity as a way to ignore our reality. If we could constantly surround ourselves with people, maybe we wouldn’t feel so alone.
Personally, I tried to mask my pain with alcohol. If I could alter my state just enough, maybe the damaging thoughts would go away. If not alcohol it was the intoxication of success. Maybe my ambition could keep us from sinking.
My efforts were in vain.
But it was in my darkest hour, that I truly realized why Saturday mattered. Saturday is the moment before the miracle.
By God’s grace my wife and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage this year and the Lord has blessed us with five beautiful children. But we wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t let Jesus meet us in the darkness.
As kids, we’re scared of the dark. Darkness causes us to feel uneasy, disoriented, and alone. As we grow up, we may give up on thoughts of monsters hiding under our beds or creatures lurking in the corner, but we still feel uneasy, disoriented, and alone in the dark.
But instead of just the physical condition of darkness, we feel the deeper, more intimate, spiritual condition of darkness. We can’t escape death and illness and disease and injustice and pain. And often, those areas are too difficult to navigate, so we avoid them altogether.
But it is important for us to address the dark places.
You see, in physical darkness everything is void of form—there’s no uniqueness, no individuality. Everyone looks the same in the dark.
The same is true of spiritual darkness. The individuality of our true selves disappears when our spiritual reality is darkened. When we are slaves to darkness, we are void of life.
It is light that brings us to life. It is light that makes us unique. And that is why Jesus, the true Light, had to go into darkness.
It was the only way to show us who we truly are—the only way to give us life.
As sunlight shines on our face, we feel its radiant warmth on our skin. As its light reflects everything that surrounds us, we are able to see. The sun exposes shape and form and meaning in all things.
In the same way, Jesus is described as the “true light that gives light to every man.”
Throughout His ministry, Jesus continually used the phrase, “He who has eyes, let Him see.”
I think it’s interesting that now, on Saturday, in darkness, we finally understand what Jesus meant. He’s speaking of the eyes of our heart—our spiritual eyes.
Jesus took His light into the depths of darkness as a way to give us hope and help us “see” in our darkest times. That’s exactly why He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes unto the Father but by me.”
Like madmen, we can try to fabricate our own light—our own way. But it’s a futile attempt. Like comparing a flashlight to the sun.
Yet our choice remains:
“Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light” —John 3:19–21
The Moment Before The Miracle
The darkest moment is the moment before the miracle.
Jesus was in the tomb until He wasn’t.
But the only thing that can sustain us through that moment is faith—absolute, unshakable, uncompromising faith. Our darkest moments are where our faith is tested.
Saturday is so special to me because it is the dark moment—the moment where all we have is faith.
That’s the moment before the miracle.
1. Take a minute to write about your darkest time. Now, invite God’s light into that place and ask Him these two questions:
“God, what are you teaching me through this?”
“What miracle do you want to bring forth from this moment?”
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