“and (Jesus) said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:3 ESV
We hope you had a wonderful Easter and that you had an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of God during Holy Week and Easter. This year we spent some time during Holy Week speaking to our toddlers about the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
We read Easter storybooks and watched Easter cartoons. We tried our best explain fundamental truths of the Bible, the cross and resurrection in terms that they would understand. It went something like this …
“Jesus is the Son of God. He was a perfect man who was very, very good. There were some troublemakers that were being very bad. They punished Jesus even though He didn’t do anything wrong. Jesus died. This made His friends very sad. But Jesus was special and He is the Son of God. So even though the troublemakers thought He was dead, He came back to life.
Yay!! Jesus LIVES! (insert toddler cheering and dancing here)
We are all troublemakers but Jesus is our God and our friend. He was punished so we can live with Him in heaven.”
My daughter listened intently and repeated back concepts to me throughout the week but she is only 2 ½ so I wasn’t sure how much she understood. That was until Easter. Easter morning we woke up early and started preparing dishes for our Easter bar-b-que.
My daughter was very excited and she ran into the kitchen and exclaimed, “Mom, are we eating with Jesus today?!”
The joy and excitement was all over her face. I stood there in awe and thought about the scripture,
“and (Jesus) said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 ESV
I thought, when was that last time I was that excited to sit in fellowship with Jesus? As the morning progressed we began to prepare for church. My daughter and I talked and discussed attending church for Easter.
She then said with much enthusiasm and excitement, “Mom, are we going to see Jesus at church?!”
Again, I thought, do I eagerly seek the face of Jesus like my daughter? She wants to meet Him. She wants to eat with Him. She longs to fellowship with Him. She understood that He loves her. In this moment my heart burst with joy and excitement at my daughter’s powerful words but it also grieved my spirit as I was reminded that Jesus has become familiar to me.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 ESV
You see, 2,000+ years later, and we still serve a resurrected king. He is no longer on the cross and no longer in the grave. He is ALIVE. We sometimes say this so nonchalantly or with so much familiarity that we lose sight of the awe and wonder of our God. He is the creator of the heavens and earth. When we look to the skyline and beyond do we see His handiwork? When we experience a miracle do we see His handiwork?
Are the ordinary and problems of today getting in the way of seeing the glory of God in our lives? Can we find His handiwork in the ordinary? Can we see the greatness, the awe, the wonder, the majesty of our King in the mundane of today?
We can and we should desire to fellowship with Him and seek His face in the day-to-day ordinary. We do not need hours of prayer, hours of devotion or hours of church to see His majesty in the ordinary of today.
Busy mom, do not burden yourself with these “checklist” that are impossible to accomplish and leave you discouraged. Instead we are here to encourage you and propose you look to the heavens, see His glory and thank Him. Look into the eyes of your loved ones, see His glory and thank Him. Hear the laughter of a child, see His glory and thank Him. He seeks fellowship with you above all else. See His majesty in the ordinary of today and of your tomorrows.
Rejoice, see His glory and Thank Him.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We serve a resurrected King who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
See His Glory and Thank Him!
Misty and Tisha