Well, not really on France, but it made me think of it:

It will often look as though Christ is defeated.  That’s the way it looked on Good Friday.  He let himself be libeled and harassed and scorned and shoved around and killed.  But in it all He was in control…So it will always be.  If China was closed for forty years to Western missionaries, it was not as though Jesus accidentally slipped and fell into the tomb.  He stepped in.  And when it was sealed over, he saved fifty million Chinese from inside-without Western missionaries.  And when it was time, he pushed the stone away so we could see what he had done.

When it looks as though he is buried for good, Jesus is doing something awesome in the dark…The world thinks Jesus is done for-out of the way.  They think his Word is buried and his plans have failed.

But Jesus is at work in the dark places…He lets himself be buried, and he comes out in power when and where he pleases.  And his hands are full of fruit made in the dark.

Jesus, use us to push back the darkness, to roll the stone away…

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