A Forced Time Out

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Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”  John 12: 23-25

Today is Resurrection Day.

The day when all things meant for evil were and are used for good. The day when Jesus Christ defeated death. Defeated sin. Defeated Satan. And won everlasting life for those who believe in Him.

This Easter, like no other I can remember, I am especially thankful for what Jesus chose to do for humanity.

I am also especially thankful for this forced time out for the world.

So often and especially on Christian holidays we are on the run. We are making lists, preparing food, cleaning houses, setting tables. Rushing to church. Balancing families and relationships. If you have younglings you are also dealing with candy overload, an urgency for Easter Egg hunt and the list goes on. We are stressing out to fill all the boxes of “doing” Easter. Then, if we are lucky, at just that moment in church when you get to hear the Hallelujah Chorus you just might stop to remember why we are “celebrating” at all.

Sigh.

But this morning it was different. I woke up early, not intending to, and heard the birds chirping outside my window. It was so quiet.  No traffic.  No street noise.  Nothing.  Just sweetness.  It was just my husband and me in the house and he brought me coffee and kisses and a happy Easter message. Then we ‘gathered around the Internet’ and watched a beautiful sermon.   In the midst of service the pastor spoke of his visits to Israel, to the place of Jesus death on the cross (Golgotha) and especially the meaning of the Empty Tomb.

I was reminded of my own visit to Israel back in 2011 and went to go look for the memory book I had created. There. In the center of that book was a photograph of my own baptism in the Jordan River. The personal culmination of Jesus’ death and resurrection for me, for you, for humanity.

It was the day after my baptism that I too visited Golgotha, the place of Jesus crucifixion. And the location of the Empty Tomb.

Jesus was not there. He is Risen. He lives. And because He lives eternally so can we all.

So back to the forced time out. I had a true aha moment this morning and actually found thankfulness in the midst of this time of trouble in our world.

It makes me stop to compare the business and madness and to and fro from our everyday to the quiet. The pause of our lives. I am forced to stop and take an inventory of how I have lived thus far.

Now, unlike any other time, I can hear my own heart beating. I can think sincerely about my blessings. God’s provision. I have a home. Food. I am safe. My children are well. We are still employed. I am reminded of how much I love my people whom I am separated from now. I can look back on and be thankful for personal freedoms like my trip to Israel. I can count my blessings. Not my problems.

But most of all, I am thankful for personal relationship with Jesus. That He thinks enough of me and you, loves us enough to take action not just word. That though we are in a time of tribulation that we can be of good cheer. Because in this day, His Resurrection Day – HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD! Can I hear a Hallelujah (Chorus) and Amen for that?

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“For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:6-13

“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Luke 24:6-7

About setyourpathsstraight

It is my desire to serve God and others through writing; by proclaiming His goodness, provision and character in story form. Though I was not always a follower of Jesus Christ, I have experienced life changes that can only be a result of personally meeting Him. He is not a God of religion, but of relationship. I don't have the answers to life's challenges, but I know where to find them...only in God's Word can any of us stop following crooked paths. The month of my spiritual birthday, I read Proverbs 3:5-6 and claimed it as my life verse... "Trust in the Lord in all you do, lean not on your own understanding In all your ways acknowledge Him.... and He will Set Your Paths Straight." Thank you for your visit today. Please come back again.
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