This is Easter weekend and for much of the world, our mind and attention will be drawn back over 2,000 to an event that changed history and set the course of the world on a new path. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is inscribed in history and despite the attempts of culture to minimize its significance, it is the single most important weekend in history, as it pertains to eternity. Without this weekend, there is no hope of salvation. When our last breath on earth becomes our first breath in Heaven for those who accept and believe that this weekend was God’s gift of redemption to the world, new life will begin.
The story-teller is me wonders what the details were of that weekend. What was the weather like? What flowers were blooming on the cusp of springtime? What went through the minds of women and children standing at the foot of the cross and seeing things that even the strongest of men shouldn’t have to witness? Did the next three days and nights pass quickly or did they seem unending for His disciples? How heavy-hearted was Mary Magdalene as she approached His tomb never expecting to find it empty? How deep and lonely was the grief of Mary, the mother of Jesus?
And what about Jesus? Yes, on one hand He is God and so in one realm He knew and understood what was happening. But in His human form, He also felt pain and dread or He would never have said, “Father, let this cup pass from me.” I wonder what the journey to the cross, to the tomb, from the tomb to Heaven, and then back again were like for Him?
So many unknowns and uncertainties. Just as there are for us when God chooses to take us on a new path.
Often God takes us on journeys that we do not choose, prefer, or understand. With doubt we question, with fear we resist, with uncertainty we take baby steps.
Perhaps it is a relationship change that has shaken the foundation of your home. Maybe a job or ministry change where you feel powerless and out of control. Or it is possible a diagnosis or medical situation has become a reality for you or someone you love and you are struggling with acceptance. Whatever is causing the unknowns and uncertainties in your life today, may I remind you that walking the path is not a choice but how we walk that path is our choice.
Life happens to each of us. Unexpected news comes with an incredible sense of bad timing. Devastating events send us spiraling into a course uncharted. We struggle to maintain normalcy and become inpatient with those whose world’s do not stop when ours do.
May I remind you that on that day over 2,000 years ago when the sky turned black and the earth stood still and everything physically living about Jesus had died, God was still in control and was still working His plan.
I am so thankful that God’s plans are given to me piece by piece for surely my heart and soul could not grasp it all at once. He is so patient to lead us gently, especially on the uncertain journeys.
Tomorrow is Sunday…Easter Sunday…a day of Resurrection…of new beginnings! May it be so in your soul as well.