As I’m sitting down to write today, I’m thinking to myself, “How is it the end of March?” It seems like the month just began, doesn’t it? Time is just absolutely flying … I mean, we’re already a quarter of the way through 2016! Seriously, people, how is this possible?
Okay … I digress.
Maybe its just me, but lately I have felt like there is just too much to do in too little time. Whether its work stuff or home stuff or other personal stuff, it’s just been one thing after the other. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing or that it’s bad stuff, it’s just … whew! I want a nap just thinking about it.
If I’m being honest, my heart has been a little more tender than usual these past few weeks. I think it’s a culmination of the spike in activity on all fronts paired with numerous deadlines and needs that have had to be filled, and then the unexpected loss of my dear friend’s brother that just absolutely broke my heart. Too young, full of life and kindness, a good soul, taken in an instant. And while I’m on the outside looking in, to see a wonderful family so shocked and grief-stricken just feels like too much. I have deep faith, but this is one of those things I just don’t understand. It definitely gives me pause and has made me think about A LOT of things since it happened.
This past weekend we honored Good Friday (the death of Jesus) and then celebrated Easter Sunday (His resurrection). All I can say in light of all that is going on these days is, “Thank GOD for Easter.” When everything feels crazy and I can’t make sense of what’s happening around me, thanks be to God that He conquered death and rose from the grave, full of power and LIFE. And because I am His daughter, I have His resurrection power and abundant life in me. And I am FREE. FREED from death and FREED to life. Amen!
While Easter is the BIG MOMENT in our faith, I don’t think Easter is necessarily the end, but rather the beginning of the rest of our lives in Him. When He died on that cross, we died too – to self and to sin. And when He rose to life again, He gave us life so that we could do this life, this here-and-now reality day-by-day, in, with, and through Him. And that’s a cause for celebration and rejoicing. That gives me hope in the midst of all the recent ups and downs and steadies my soul that gets anxious and worries about every little thing.
So, I’m taking some time to really SOAK in this truth, in this Easter reality that I have the opportunity to live in every. single. day.
I’m currently in the process of refreshing my goals for the year – looking at the past three months and looking ahead to this spring season and where God is leading me. My prayer for the next few months is to be more overwhelmed by Him – His life, love, grace, and truth – and less overwhelmed by the temporal things of this world. I hope to spend even more time drawing close to Him in His Word, and through fellowship and worship. I want to live every day in awe and wonder of Him – seeing and feeling Him all around me – not losing sight of Him and the work He is doing even when it’s foggy and messy and unclear.
Here I am, Lord. Do Your thing and lead me in this season. I echo what Rach Kincaid recently posted on Instagram during Lent, “I’m getting after the Good Life because I serve a Good God.” Who’s with me?