Can you imagine what it must have felt like to be a follower of Jesus the day after Jesus’s death on the cross? After all, they had just seen their friend and leader die, the guy they assumed would be a powerful leader. Now, Jesus is dead and His body is in a tomb. Game over, right? No more talking to Jesus, seeing Jesus, or receiving guidance from Him.
Maybe you can relate to that feeling. The feeling that God is nowhere to be found. Like you had an expectation for how things would look, and it isn’t happening. Those moments feel like “game over” moments. But that doesn’t mean they are.
Believe it or not, even Jesus felt this way. When Jesus was hanging on the cross He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 NIV). In actuality, God didn’t leave Jesus during that difficult moment, it just felt like He did. And feelings are powerful. In that moment on the cross, Jesus felt abandoned. And the day after Jesus was killed, the disciples felt the same way. We know the story didn’t end there—but when it comes to the stories in our own lives, it can feel like it has. On the Saturday of our lives—after the death and before the resurrection—it can be hard to know how things can turn out. It’s okay to stay there awhile—in your disappointment, in your worry, in your fear. The disciples felt that way and Jesus did, too. But their feeling that way didn’t make it true. And we can remember the same thing when we face those same feelings. How we feel doesn’t determine what is true. It’s possible the story isn’t over yet. Don’t let your feelings write the ending. Because there may be more to it. Just like for Jesus. Just like for the disciples.
Is there a part of your life where it feels like it’s “game over” for you? Ask God to remind you that—with Him—your story is never over.