I’m ashamed to say I have nothing prepared to post this week…where have the last seven days gone?
I do know that the last two days have been beautiful here in Eastern Tennessee and it gives me hope for the weeks ahead. We’re almost through the ground hog hearts of February. I look forward to the shamrock green March winds, knowing it can blow the weather either way. I love the April showers and thunder storms as cold loses its battle to the warmer temperatures. Must we suffer being fooled from time to time? Spring is beckoning at the end of Winter’s tunnel. New growth, new beginnings, a fresh breath.
The forty day season of Lent. Spring. Easter. Death. Resurrection. New life. I believe God planned the timing out just right. We relate to visual stimulus and there is nothing more beautiful than new life. The mint green of new leaves budding on trees, the tender shoots of Daffodils or Crocus flowers. The sight of a baby in utero. Our Easter comes in the throes of Spring which is so symbolic. When we accept Christ as our personal Savior our old self dies away. The seeds of our nature fall to receptive soil, we’re watered with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and made new. Brand new budding creatures that long for the Son’s rays of hope and life…ever reaching toward the warmth.
I will always encourage you to read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but especially during this season. Read of the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord, our Messiah. If you’ve fallen away He’s waiting for you to turn around so He can dust you off, and set you back on the right path. If you’ve never sought the Lord before I urge you to do so now. He already loves you so much that He sent His only Son here to be the atoning sacrifice for you. For me.
John 3:16-18 (The Message-MSG) 16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
Don’t let time continue to slip by thinking you have plenty of it. We all know the reality of how quickly it can pass us by. I’ll let Jesus explain:
32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” Mark 13:32-37 (NIV)
May God bless richly bless the reader of these passages.