It’s a rarity these days for me to open up any of my social media other than just to check and see if I have new messages or friend requests. With the down time and rest of the Easter holiday yesterday, I found myself scrolling through my newsfeed a few times.
Most everything in my feed was pictures of “perfect” families dressed all nice in coordinating outfits for church, then a caption that was along the lines of “He is Risen” or “Happy Ressurection Day! Have a blessed Easter.”
Praise the Lord God Almighty our Maker for all the glory He received yesterday, Easter sunday, in celebration of His son’s resurrection. Most days that I tune in, there’s so much negativity and drama. Yesterday was a such breath of life to have a gorgeous day where everyone’s status are singing praises to Above.
Here is the flip side though—
What about next Sunday? Was yesterday a fluke thing for you? Did you buy your kids matching outfits and get everyone out the door by 9:45am so you could check something off your list? Was your morning with your family a grace filled perfect one? I’m sure you were so thrilled to wake up earlier than normal to see what kind of sugar the Easter Bunny had brought, especially after staying up late to set it out. I bet it was super awesomed getting everyone to cooperate and get out of the house looking so perfectly polished when they were coming down from a sugar high. There were no fights with your little boys about their bow ties or your little girl about her hair. In my house, by 8am, I’m pretty sure everyone had at least 1 spanking and I was ready to toss the Easter baskets out the window. Last week, were you saying “Praise the Lord, He is Risen Indeed”? What about the 2nd Sunday in February, or the last Tuesday in July? Will your status update be the same– a perfect happy family trying to get it right?
It sounds like I’m about to start judging and calling all the C & E Christians (Christmas & Easter) ‘fakers’, huh? That would be a perfect next paragraph………
If it weren’t for grace.
Did you know that Jesus is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.” The Jesus that you celebrated on Easter Sunday when you were ‘supposed’ to, is the same Jesus who is always there, no matter if your clothes match your kid’s, no matter what day it is.
That same Jesus is there to help you get out of bed to care for your puking child at 3am.
That same Jesus is there to put his protective angels around your big boy as he goes to school by himself to face the bullies.
That same Jesus is there to offer patience when your two-year old draws all over your freshly painted kitchen chairs with marker…and dumps baking soda in the carpet…and paints cake icing on the wall…and locks you out of the house…. and ‘cleans’ the shower with the expensive shampoo…and smashes chalk into the hardwoods…(hypothetically speaking, of course)
That same Jesus is there to give you grace and forgiveness when you yelled at your four-year old for taking to long to find his underwear.
That same Jesus is there love on you when you feel alone because you saw on Facebook that all your friends were at the same outing/party/shower and you were not invited.
That same Jesus is there to offer peace at 6pm when your kids are going cray-cray and daddy is still not home to tag team.
That same Jesus is there to give you endurance when you just don’t think you can pick up one more goldfish from the floor or listen to the Hot Dog Dance song one more time without loosing your sanity.
That same Jesus is there in your darkest, ugliest hour. That hour when you think the thoughts you want no one to hear; when you feel the feelings about yourself and others that leave you guilt ridden; when you do things that bring you shame. I pray that you carry the engagement you had yesterday with Christ longer than just C & E. If you were singing His praises yesterday, there is no doubt about it that He has made himself known to you and called you to be His. Because of His death on the cross, we were able to celebrate life not only yesterday, but every single day. Matching outfits or not. At the 10am service or not. Jesus is there. When your life looks and feels completely opposite from your pastel clad ‘He is Risen’ photo, He is still there.
Always & Forever.
You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you so that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. –John 15:16
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.—Hebrews 13:8