How was your Easter?
I’ve always loved the Easter Season! All around me are signs of growth and renewal. Everywhere I look, I see God’s paintbrush at work: the bright yellow forsythia, the magenta azaleas, and the newly-birthed grass pushing through winter’s thaw. It is a feast for my senses. The air is fresh and invigorating. The songbirds’ melodies are interspersed with the gleeful voices from the neighborhood playground.
I have fond memories of Easters past: new outfits of pastel dresses, white shoes, and Easter bonnets; Easter baskets filled with chocolate eggs, jellybeans, and marshmallow chicks and bunnies; decorating Easter eggs; taking part in Easter pageants, sunrise services, and festive dinners with my family.
Although Easters past with all its traditions have given me much comfort, this Easter Season has had a special significance for me. No other year has my heart been awakened to His love and leading as it has been this year. His gentle touch has prompted me on a spiritual journey that’s been far wider, deeper, and higher than I ever imagined. He has been transforming me into the person He has intended me to be. He has been gently molding me, shaping me, and changing me.
This year I fully understand the significance of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. I have a new awareness of the magnitude of God’s love for me. My understanding has flowed from my head into my heart. He has softened my heart to be more receptive to Him.
I am reminded of a song I used to sing in church:
Something beautiful, something good,
All my confusion, He understood,
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But He made something beautiful out of my life.
This intimate relationship has only been made possible by a very loving God who thought enough about me to send His only Son to die on the cross for me so that I can become all He intends me to be. Jesus paid the penalty for me so that I will not have to pay it. I am free to be truly alive-to love, to be at peace, and to experience joy. His Holy Spirit has been empowering me and guiding me. He’s been working a miracle in my life. He’s been changing me moment by moment, day by day.
How about you? Which Easter was your most memorable or most significant?
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