We celebrated Easter last weekend, and it was glorious to see the church full of real, live human beings! I loved that we could worship in person and not virtually this year. And the weather here in Iowa was fabulous! A huge contrast to the snowstorm we experienced last year on Easter. You never know what you’re going to get here in Iowa!
Our church service was amazing and very exuberant. The production and music were over-the-top, and the message was amazing as well. I left with my heart filled with joy and hope.
As I write this on Thursday on a plane headed to Nashville, I ask myself, what am I doing with Easter? What am I doing with the powerful event that happened that day, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? How is that changing how I live my life?
Because the truth is what happened on that Sunday thousands of years ago changed literally everything!
But is that message lost in the pomp and circumstance? Is it lost in the cute little bunnies and eggs? Is it lost in the pastel colors of the season?
And just to rant a little bit, I wonder how the most powerful event in all of human history, the resurrection of our Lord from the dead, got turned into an Easter bunny, eggs, and pastel colors.
I did a little reading and found out that the rabbit and eggs are 17th Century German pagan symbols of fertility and rebirth. German immigrants brought this tradition to the United States in the 18th Century.
Hmmm, not sure I get it totally, but okay.
But I digress.
So back to my point, how is the powerful message I heard last Sunday playing out in my life today? Am I allowing the power of the resurrection to change me from the inside out?
What am I doing with Easter?
If you’re anything like me, which I think you probably are, you would say it depends on the day, and sometimes the moment. At times I stand firm in the midst of adversity, and at other times I let myself get pulled down into the pit of despair. I have moments where my faith is unshakeable and other times when I forget who I am, a child of God.
And reality is, sometimes the resurrection gets lost in the messiness of everyday life. I can go from being incredibly moved and inspired to overwhelmed and sad in an instant.
Such is the condition of the human heart.
But I know this to be true. Easter felt different to me this year. It felt more special. More real. More alive. More needed.
I don’t know if it’s because of the pandemic and all the chaos in the world right now, but more than ever my soul needed the reminder of the incredible power Christ’s resurrection holds for me in my everyday life. I also needed to be reminded that that same power lives within me because I have been reborn through the very blood of Jesus. I simply need to CHOOSE to tap into the power that is readily available to me and hold on to His truth when I’m feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or discouraged.
How about you? What are you doing with Easter? Are you letting it change you from the inside out, or are you settling back into old routines? Are you letting the power of the resurrection sink deep into your soul, or have you already forgotten how much love Jesus carried for you with him to the cross?
Easter changed everything, but I think too often we don’t allow the truth contained within this life-changing event to sink in deep to our souls and truly change us. And that’s sad.
So I encourage you to stop for a moment, think about the impact Easter has made in your life, and evaluate exactly what you’re doing with Easter.
Hugs and love,