We are interrupting the regularly scheduled programming, for a blog post about Easter. It seemed wrong to have a blog mainly focused around Jesus, and my walk in faith with Him, and not speak of the colossal event that defines our salvation and the true love of God.
I thought instead of exploring the true meaning of Easter itself, as we know it is Jesus’ death, that I would instead almost do a story. If you have read any of the Gospels, you have heard the tale of Jesus’ birth, life, and death.
This true story starts in a Garden. The Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus and His closest disciples went to this garden together. Jesus left their side to go in personal and quiet reflection and prayer with God. In this time, Jesus spoke with God. Interrupt story time for a moment here.
When you’re ready to pull your hair out because your child is ‘testing his boundaries,’ count your blessings. Your child is healthy.
When you’re screaming silently at the traffic that’s going to make you late for an appointment, count your blessings. You have a running vehicle.
When you’re so angry at your boss you’re on the verge of tears, count your blessings. You have a job.
When you’re at your wits end because your mom STILL treats you like a child, count your blessings. Your mom is still here.
When you’re frustrated because they raised your property taxes again, count your blessings. You have a home.
When the prices of fresh produce or seafood is cost prohibitive, count your blessings. You have enough to eat.
No matter what your circumstances are, you can wallow in them and be miserable, you can fight against them and be frustrated, or you can thank God for what you DO have and live the life Jesus died for you to have.
Once upon a time I was in a very dark place. My view of reality, wasn’t. I became someone I didn’t recognize, someone I didn’t even like. I was broken. There were times when I should have either lost everything important to me or died. p
God rescued me. He led me back to the place where I had left my true self. I don’t yet know why He protected me from myself. But He did. He pulled me out of the fire and threw me back into the pan more times than I care to remember.
When my vision cleared and I looked back and saw the times He kept me whole and alive, I surrendered completely to His Will. I embraced Him fully. I finally found the thing that I had been searching for all that time. I read the gospels and fell deeply in love with Jesus.
I couldn’t express in my own words what I felt for Him so I started reading the Psalms. I’d like to share my favorites.
Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19 For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said
1 I love You, Lord, my strength
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn] of my salvation, my stronghold.
4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His Temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.
Psalm 86 A prayer of David.
1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to You; save your servant who trusts in You. You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to You all day long. 4 Bring joy to Your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in You.
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to You. 6 Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. 7 When I am in distress, I call to You, because You answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like You, Lord; no deeds can compare with Yours. 9 All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, Lord; they will bring glory to Your name. 10 For You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God.
11 Teach me Your way, Lord, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. 12 I will praise You, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. 13 For great is Your love toward me; You have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.
14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me— they have no regard for You. 15 But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. 16 Turn to me and have mercy on me; show Your strength in behalf of Your servant; save me, because I serve You just as my mother did. 17 Give me a sign of Your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
1 I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. 2 Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death entangled
anguish of the grave came over me;
was overcome by distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the
name of the Lord:
“Lord, save me!”
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion. 6 The Lord protects the unwary;
I was brought low, He saved me.
to your rest, my soul,
the Lord has been good to you.
8 For you,
Lord, have delivered me from death,
eyes from tears,
feet from stumbling, 9 that I may walk before
in the land of the living.
trusted in the Lord when I said,
am greatly afflicted”; 11 in my alarm I said,
is a liar.”
shall I return to the Lord
all His goodness to me?
13 I will
lift up the cup of salvation
call on the name of the Lord. 14 I will fulfill my vows
to the Lord
the presence of all His people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants. 16 Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.