It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I’m ready! I’ve been busy with a number of things and decided I would not make writing an obligation. It is something I enjoy and can wait until responsibilities free up the time for it.
I want to back track a bit to share a truth. After prayerfully considering the opportunity, I accepted an invitation to become more involved with the women’s ministry I love. Shortly thereafter, I faced a number of challenges at work and at home. I foolishly challenged Satan to “bring it on,” figuring he was behind the trials, and knowing I am secure in my affiliation with the King of the Universe.
Don’t ever do that. While I have no doubt that Jesus is Lord and is greater than anything Satan could ever throw my way, it was cocky and arrogant of me to throw out what amounts to a challenge to the prince of darkness. Why would I even want to address him?
Any who (as my grandmother would say), I am back on track! Because today I was blessed to visit the Stations of the Cross at our church in preparation for Easter. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it! It walked me through Jesus’ final days on earth by presenting Biblical, historical accounts of Jesus surrendering His life for my sins, along with thought provoking questions and prayers. I left there feeling very full in my heart and completely at peace in my soul. The visit concluded with a quiet, solo, very personal time of communion.
The reading materials supplied by my church noted, “While this journey has been more somber and reflective, the Marriage Supper in Heaven will be a glorious celebration!” This brings me to the part of the Stations of the Cross that was the biggest surprise to me – Station Eleven, “The Bride (John 14:2-3).” You see, when I descended the steps to this station and caught sight of the beautiful, flowing bridal veil and flower bouquet set at this station, I was moved. Moved by the fact that I am Christ’s chosen, and that as such I am betrothed to Him, I have accepted His proposal. Moved that He has gone ahead to prepare a place for me, His bride, and will coming back for me. I do not, and cannot, know the time, but trust so assuredly that He will return for me, the bride he adores! And I will have that glorious, exquisite white wedding gown complete with the long veil He has selected for me, His bride. Oh happy day!
I urge you to seek out God in a unique way this week. Find a way to seek and honor Him as you wouldn’t normally do. Every church is alive with the significance of Easter, the week of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Don’t let it pass you by, grab the moment, respond to the call! See what God has in store for you when you respond to His gentle, compassionate invitation! Go alone or with a crowd. I did and it blessed me like only obedience to the prompting of our Creator, our Lord and Savior, can!
Have a blessed Easter as you experience Jesus like you never have!