The morning came with fresh cinnamon rolls, baked breakfast dishes and fresh fruit. The table decorations were complete and the celebration ready to begin!
The new dress was donned with sandals complete!… What was I thinking with these sandals?…I mused to myself as my heels sunk into the muddy ground at the egg hunt!
Through the busyness of the singing, laughing, and simply celebrating…there was an exciting joy and beauty throughout the whole morning.
And as the celebration carried on, my heart reflected on what God had shown me through this Lenten season.
~Listen through quiet times…
~Be patient in growth…growth through my own failings as a person, mom, and wife.
~Let go when I would rather hold on…giving up my way for His.
Now we are at the end of this season. But is it the end or a beginning to a whole new perspective?
A friend challenged me last year with her comment: “If you just focus on the celebration of the Resurrection and not the Death, the Sorrow, the Cost paid to arrive at the Celebration, you’ve missed something!” Having gone through the Giving Up season this year, I understand more what she meant.
I arrived home from church welcomed by the aroma of maple-sugared ham and cream cheese scalloped potatoes.
Matthew actually pointed it out…”Is Jesus still alive?” Of course, He is! That’s what this party’s all about!
Then Matthew, in all his 4 year-old understanding stated: “Then we must have the lights again!!! He’s not dead, He’s ALIVE!!!”
So together, we lit the Easter Garden again and opened the tomb.
Because of His Giving Up, He paid for us all and we are Redeemed…Bought and Paid for!
I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock & a hard place, it won’t be a dead end- Because I am God, your personal God, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you…That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! ~ Isaiah 43:1-4 (MSG)