Sunday, April 5, 2015

Reflecting on Easter Moments

Greetings Everyone, 

This morning my children woke up at the crack of dawn. At first my thoughts were "come on guys, it is way too early". They all got up with their Mamma and I stayed in the bedroom and watched the sun come up through the window. As I did, I began to think about my first thoughts this morning and, in a way, was convicted. I could have easily taken this opportunity to take the family down to the harbor and watch the sun rise together. Next year, I think it would be a great thing for the family to experience on Easter Sunday.

After this revelation of sorts, I spent the better part of an hour goggling different Easter Scriptures looking for something to write about today but all I could think about was the moment moment I had just let pass by. This lead me to think about the momemts we all experience on a daily basis. So many times we lose the opportunity to embrace the wonder of what God has done for us because we are focused on the moment.  There were many moments that took place over the last few days of Jesus' Life on this earth. There are also many moments when Jesus has done things in each of our lives that we have over looked because our focus was not on the eternal. .

Many of us will make that 5, 10, 15 minute or more drive to yet another service this weekend in celebration of the Holiday weekend. In the midst of those moments we spend driving to, or participating in, those services my question to you is "what will you be focusing on?”  I know it's hard sometimes to get past what’s right before us, whether it be a bad driver on the way; the rude person in line as we get our Easter breakfast, the strange visitor that stole our normal seat in the sanctuary, or a number of other things. So, here is a challenge for everyone today as your celebrate Easter, "take a few moments to simply reflect on what God had to sacrifice to even give us Easter Moments."

In my Good Friday post I shared my perspective on Jesus as a Man and what he went through leading up to his last moments as a free man on earth.  Re-read John 17 or even some of the other Easter Scriptures and think about what it truly meant for God to give up His only son for us. So many times when when it comes to challenges like this we focus on the darkness behind everything. Instead why don't we reflect on the beauty of this Holiday weekend

Where is that beauty you may ask, how about the fact that because of the darkness that took place those 2000 years ago we have freedom in Christ today? How about the fact that we don't have to offer the same sacrifice that Jesus did in order to be forgiven. How about the fact that God loves us so much that he would let that darkness come so he could reveal his unfathomable light.

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ (2nd Corinthians 4:6 NLT.)

This is what Easter is all about, a light has come out of the darkness and can be a part of each moment of every day, if we accept it. This year, that is what I plan to focus on. Sure we will have fun with all the Easter festivities but through each and every one of those moments, my heart will be reflecting on the message that A LIGHT HAS COME OUT OF THE DARKNESS. What will you’re Easter Moments focus on?

Thanks again for visiting "The Gathering Room"

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


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