This is from my Turning Point devotion today: He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" John 19:26
Faith is the capacity to keep going between Good Friday and Easter Sunrise. It's the God-granted ability to trust God during black Weekends and hard times. Without faith it's impossible to please God, but that implies hardship. Trusting God during good times is a little like riding a bike downhill; sometimes we can almost "coast." But when the path is uphill, faith has to flex its muscles, knowing sooner or later we'll arrive at the mountaintop with its far-reaching vistas.
When Gabriel visited Mary with news about the Christchild, she said, "Let it be to me according to your word." A few months later, old Simeon warned her that a sword would one day pierce her heart. No one could have foreseen how deeply the sword would pierce on that Good Friday. But approximately 39 hours later, her heaviness was lifted, her faith was fulfilled, her hope was realized, her joy was restored, and her Son was risen. Our Good Fridays aren't always so good; but they are good for our faith, and with faith it is very possible to please Him.