I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. All of us writing on that same word.
Today the word prompt is … Good.
It’s Good Friday.
And yet, in the eyes of many, there is nothing which was “good” about it.
It is hard to think on all which Jesus suffered on this day. Scripture graphically tells us of all He endured – the beatings, the shame, the abandonment. It was a dark day for those who loved Him and had spent time with Him.
How do we reconcile these thoughts?
“You are good and do only good.” (Psalm 119: 68, NLT)
All that our God does yields good. I remember this truth. And as I remember and focus on the good which He does, my heart is filled with gratitude.
I am grateful for the sacrifice our Lord made for me. It truly was a dark and difficult obedience for Him, one He would have desired to avoid if at all possible. But He kept His eyes on His Father and He obeyed – for me to experience His love, His forgiveness, His grace and mercy.
It is in the remembering that my heart is filled with greater gratitude. It is the remembering that perhaps keeps me from straying. I am grateful the story does not end with the Crucifixion. I am grateful it doesn’t end with His resurrection. I am grateful it doesn’t end with His ascension. I am grateful the story has not yet ended for if it had, I would not have been included. The story is yet ongoing, open to all who will hear and accept Him as their Lord. I am glad the story will continue for all eternity.
Good Friday. A day which causes me to pause and to remember. And in the remembering, my heart is filled more deeply with a love and gratitude for His sacrifice for me. His sacrifice, which He would have made even if I were the only one. Amazing grace. Amazing love.
And it is …..