Easter is often seen as colorful Easter eggs and pretty gift baskets, filled with all kinds of goodies. When I was younger I would love finding these baskets, eating the delicious treats and receiving the many gifts. Outdoor cookouts with friends and family… it becomes another holiday full of happiness and fun.
But this year is different. We have a National Emergency in the nation that has filled many people with fear. Some of us listen to the social media lies and become so depressed we really can’t think of anything else. Still some of us may be so confused as to what we should believe because of all the contradictions presented, even in the news.
Yet, as I listen, read, or hear of peoples thoughts on this virus, it personally sends me to Jesus for comfort and peace. A few weeks ago my church sent out a text that we should all pray for one hour concerning this disease and God brought many things to my attention during that time. But there was one thing He showed me that filled me with peace and hope.
I have two notes on my phone screen that says this:
These have been so life giving for me and have allowed me to focus on Jesus, which was what He encouraged me to do this year anyway! As I pray about the situation God has laid many things on my heart and one of them is that people would come closer to God through all of this. And I believe He has been!
But back to the present…
Even though our Easter celebrations are put on hold, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in our hearts and with whoever is in our home. This holiday is meant to be a reminder of what Jesus came to earth for. The passion and love that Christ displayed for us almost 2,000 years ago, doesn’t have to be forgotten. What hope would we have if this historical event would have never taken place? How would our life be different?
As this holiday comes and goes, I challenge you this year to look at it from a different perspective. Even if you are one that that normally does reflect on Jesus and what He has done for you, I challenge you to look even deeper. Ask Jesus to show you how much He loves you. Ask Him to open your eyes and your heart to see what He sees and to feel what He feels.
For me this is a new experience as of this year. Never before have I been able to receive His love on a daily basis like I can now. As I think back, God showed me the many times when He tried to show me His love and prove to me that I am His passion. The transformation He has been doing in my heart has been amazing and fully worth the purging! I am truly indebted to Him!
You can read my last post Am I Blind and Deaf for more details on what He has been teaching me.
I know I still have plenty more room to grow in this love and I have decided to jump on the wagon, being fully prepared to live this new life Jesus has given me!
May God help you to abide in the spirit of love, power and a sound mind that He has given you!