In the quiet stillness of morning the sun rose, its vibrant rays shining over the world as they had done thousands of mornings before. At that time, no one knew what had changed, but something had. Feet ran down the path. Shock and surprise jolted through bodies. Fear surged through minds, anticipation close on its heels. What did all of this mean?
The morning of Christ’s resurrection drastically shifted the trajectory of our worlds path though that shift began much earlier in a perfect garden with two humble, dirt people. The death and blackness of Friday, the agony and despair of Saturday, and the hope filled dawn of Sunday were always the plan from the very beginning (Genesis 3). Take a moment to let that sink in.
His death was always the plan.
Our salvation was thought of from the start. That type of love and careful plotting only comes from One who invests thought. Of One who seeks out the best plan and implements it at the right time.
It is Easter today, and I am afraid. Afraid that I will let it be just another day. That I won’t really stop to think about what it symbolizes not only for my faith but for my relationship with the Creator of this world. We will likely go to church, sing songs, listen to a message, and maybe even hunt for eggs with family and friends, but will we take time to reflect? I hope so.
Think on the Great and Mighty God that we serve. Take a few minutes to pray/journal your awe at who He is. Think on His goodness, mercy, love, sacrifice, justice, and care. Meditate on how He knows you intimately. Stand in awe at the fact of his foreknowledge and planning for our salvation from before time began. Adore the Lord for who He is.
Suggested reading: Psalm 139, Psalm 19:1, 1 John 4:9-10
Take time to bow your heart before Him and confess the sin that separates you from God. Ask for His mercy and reflect on the fact that He freely bestows his forgiveness. We are not deserving, yet He has counted us worthy because of Christ’s sacrifice.
Suggested reading: Romans 3:21-26, Psalm 51, Ephesians 2:1-10
Thank the Lord for who He is, for His steadfast love, for His goodness toward us. Make a list of all of the things (big and small) that you can be thankful for. Nothing is too small to note because sometimes it is the “small” things in life that overwhelmingly make up the bigger picture of God’s goodness to us.
Suggested reading: Psalm 107:1-3, Psalm 136, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Submit yourself to the Lord. Release your control over your life (and the lives of others). Release the anxiety that comes from wanting to take control. Ask the Lord to make Him the center of your heart, not your desires, your own selfishness, or your plans. If needed, pray with your hands open and facing up as a visible symbol of letting go.
Suggested reading: Philippians 4:4-7, Psalm 56:3, Matthew 6:34, 1 Peter 5:6-7
I urge you to take time to think on these things today. To thank God for the gift of His Son and the provision of His plan. To talk to others about these things. To let them sink into your very soul and refresh you with new life–the same new life we have be given because He is risen – He is risen indeed!