When Christ was on the cross, those who loved Him could only see the senseless pain and suffering of an innocent man. He had tried to tell them, tried to prepare them, tried to encourage them that the loss would be gain, but they could only stand in stunned grief. In the unseen, though, there was joy. Christ breathed His last and then the temple veil was torn in two, the Holy Spirit came and dwelt among men and we could finally be justified and one with God.
This is always the promise. No matter how bleak, how painful, how dark and dangerous today may seem, in the unseen there is joy. In the unseen, there is a God who is working all things...all things...together for good. Always. He is good and does good...always. He is plotting for our joy and His glory...always. He is going to do that which seems good to Him and is best for us (and everyone in anyway involved and connected)...always.
Think about that for a moment. When we have to make choices, we often explore the options and also often have to weigh the effects this decision will have on others. Often we have to make a choice that will cause disappointment or hurt to someone else. But God...God looks at connections and effects we can't possibly even fathom because while our frame of reference is today and even our past...His is eternity. He knows the effects our choices will have on people we haven't met yet, on circumstances that don't even have a foreshadowing yet.
Father, cause us to pause when things don't look so great and wait...knowing that Your good plan will soon be made plain. You are true to your word and this is your promise. Help us to wait rather than worry...knowing that what is unseen now will soon be seen and it WILL be good! Always! Amen.