First, here is a little gift from me to you…
Cuteness overlad, right?
I just can’t stop smiling with this little one. She is my sweet granddaughter, Ellie, enjoying her new Easter book on Good Friday. I’d like to say that at nearly a year old she is an avid reader and knows what is going on, but nope. Not yet anyway. Now she is totally into flipping pages. And flipping and flipping.
But that’s okay. I read this magnificent book to her anyway, in between the flips. No doubt, I got more out of it than she did.
Shortly after our Fun Friday time ended, I embarked on another adventure for G3. This time, heading to Lake Placid for a seven hour plus drive. I had plenty of quiet time to reflect and think about my relationship with Jesus and God during this holiday season.
As a young student at St. Teresa’s Catholic School (K through 8th grade) I always had a sort of tortured, confused feeling about Jesus and the crucifixion. It was so brutal and scary to a young, sensitive soul like me. So inhumane. Plus, He did that all for me?
How can I ever live up to that? It was overwhelming to say the least. But you can’t really talk crucifixion without talking resurrection, can you? That is really where it’s at! This is where faith and hope and love really come into play. Imagine following that path? Imagine knowing that you were sent here for such a major role and not being intimidated or afraid.
Jesus did it anyway. Talk about love!
So no, I can’t live up to such a sacrifice but I sure can try. This year, it means that much more. As I’ve gotten older and been through more life experiences, my faith continues growing. Certainly it’s not been a linear kind of growth or even pretty, for that matter, but I’m right where I need to be. My heart is wide open and I’m ready and listening…
What a feeling that is! I don’t know that I have ever had this strong of feeling before. It is beyond compare. Things are falling into place, I am on my path. I am grateful and happy. Things don’t always happen as fast as I’d like or even the way I would like, but still I can see the lesson. Even then, I am able to go with the flow. I know He’s got my back.
Which brings me to my conclusion, and what I feel so sure of this Easter season. This time and season, to me, is all about belief. Belief in God, Jesus, yourself. Do you have faith and belief enough to follow your path? Do you have that same kind of strength and courage that Jesus did? I’m going with YES! Yes, you do, and just so I don’t leave you overwhelmed I give you His words of encouragement and support:
“Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
-John 14:11-14 (NIV)