Yesterday was Easter, and it was such a beautiful day, however, I have a confession: I am not one that can sit and watch movies that depict the crucifixion. I am a very visual person, and since having my daughter, I’ve been a very emotive one as well. I know there are many wonderful versions about the biblical story of Christ, but the one and only time I tried to watch it, my eyes were swollen, my nose would not stop leaking, I was a sobbing hot mess and I couldn’t sleep after seeing it.
We, as believers, are so blessed by the difficult sacrifice God gave on our behalf. It’s often easy to
forget gloss over just how painful the gruesome loss of his son must have been for our Heavenly Father, and for Mary, who had to watch a mothers’ worst fears come to life.
As a parent, it’s hard to not be overcome by the world and all the worries we face for our children. There are so many risks, dangers, and trials to raising a son or a daughter, and the what ifs can be anxiety-inducing. What if he gets lost in a store? Will she fall down and get hurt? Will he be careful driving with his new license? How can she be safe online in a media-driven generation? Are they equipped to handle the peer pressure around them? Are we teaching them how to be a light for Christ?
We have to constantly remind ourselves that God IS in control despite the chaos that surrounds us, just like He was in control over 2,000 years ago. He has a plan and purpose for us and for our children.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I pray that as we continue to remember His resurrection, even as the calendar moves us forward, we’ll also remember that God’s plans are bigger, wider, and loftier than our plans for ourselves and for our children. And, I pray that we can be strong, discerning, and even more important, FEARLESS as we face each day, each hour, and each minute that we have on this earth.