I just read an article for church leaders about the time following Easter. What does the day after Easter look like? Are the leaders comparing numbers with other churches? Are they following through on what happened yesterday? Or are they going back to business as usual? Even though I’m no longer on staff with a church and didn’t have countless numbers of services to attend this past weekend and thousands to serve, this final question bounced around in my heart. Am I rushing off to what’s next or am I allowing myself to sit in awe of what yesterday signified?
Almost 2000 years ago, the God of the universe rose from the dead bringing freedom, everlasting life, and forgiveness of sins to all who believe. How did I get here? How am I so blessed to receive the unbelievable blessings that He brought to His children through His death and resurrection? It started a chain of memories that led me back to the beginning of my relationship with Him. I thought I’d share it with you and I’d love to hear your story as well!
I was blessed to be raised in a household led by parents who loved Jesus…and I don’t mean they checked the box. I mean that I saw them spend time with Him daily. I saw them live out His commands and I saw them live in a community that provided support, accountability, and lived lives apart from the world…yet in it with their love. Now my childhood wasn’t perfect (whose was?), but it was a pretty good start to a life that has had its ups and downs!
I remember sitting at the kitchen table one morning wrapping my Grandpa’s birthday jar of peanuts and asking Mom if I could ask Jesus into my heart. I think I was 6? To me, the decision was already made. It was a given. I knew Jesus because of how my parents, grandparents, and Sunday School teachers interacted with Him and with me. I knew as much about Him as a young child could. And I’ve continued to learn more and more about Him.
He has been faithful to walk through everything with me – from difficult times at home to my first mission trip to working over a decade for the local church. He’s never strayed or proven Himself to be anything but worthy of my worship. Have there been times when I’ve faltered? When I’ve questioned His goodness? When I’ve felt like He walked away? Unfortunately I have felt all of these and more…but looking back, it was always on my side of things. Sometimes, it was simply not understanding what His goodness really means. At times, I gradually drifted and didn’t always realize it until I was farther away than I wanted to ever be from Him. But He is faithful…even when I am not!
That is my attribute to share with others, I think. I believe that our lives are woven by the Lord into a beautiful tapestry. Corrie ten Boom talked about how when we look from our side of the tapestry, it looks messy and there’s no significant pattern, but when God looks at it, He sees a beautiful masterpiece. I think He also weaves Himself throughout our patterns – a golden thread in the midst of our muted colors. This golden thread is a particular attribute of God that He wants to showcase in each of our lives. I believe my golden thread is God’s faithfulness. Over and over in my life, His faithfulness is so evident and shines out from my crazy life. What is your “golden thread”?
So don’t rush off from the incredible freedom, love, forgiveness, and more that is yours in Christ because of Good Friday and Easter. Take time to sit in His presence and thank Him for the fact that you have a story because of His goodness. If you haven’t started your story with Him yet, it’s the perfect time! Then take time to share with someone what God has done in your life. I know I’d love to hear about it!
Thank you, Mel, for sharing with Parking Space Faith. Your commitment is unfailing and your transparency and desire to allow God to lead your life inspires us all. Godspeed on the journey ahead. We will be following as He weaves His golden thread deeper into your tapestry of your life!
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