Will You Let Easter Pass With Just A Glance?

April 13, 2017

As I approached the week before Easter, I heard myself rationalizing why I could let it pass with little fanfare. I figured I have a strong faith where God is in my heart all year, not just this week. Surely God would understand if I didn’t focus on “Holy Week.” After all, I was already focusing on the work I was doing for him.

BUT, I was so wrong to think I could let Easter pass with just a glance.

As I sat in church on Sunday – God grabbed my heart in a way that was so sweet and overwhelming.

Does God ever do that to you?

Our message at church was fantastic, but it wasn’t the sermon that penetrated my heart. It was God himself in a quiet moment of reflection.

 I quietly and obediently bowed my head during communion to connect with God. I closed my eyes tightly to block out the world around me. Our message that day was not on Palm Sunday, but it had been on my mind since awakening.

So I found myself pondering that day of palm branches long ago.    

  • What did Jesus think as he rode in on a donkey?
  • How was he feeling?

After all, he knew what was to come within a short time. Was he dreading what was to take place? Was he scared? Did he want to go the other way? I would have.

On that particular day, Jesus was being hailed as the victorious Messiah, as he rode into town. People were elated thinking he was their earthly King that was there to save them.

  • Did he enjoy the welcoming in spite of knowing the people would soon turn against him?
  • How did he keep moving knowing that he soon would suffer and die?

It makes me wonder if I had known ahead of time my unexpected circumstances would I have bailed out or chosen a different path?

As I held communion in my hand the wet, unexpected salty tears flowed down my face. I was connecting with my Lord. I was connecting with Easter.

The words that formed in my mind were simple yet complex.

Thank you, Lord, Thank you.

I could see in my mind the picture of Jesus sitting on a donkey as palm branches lined the street. Inch by inch he kept going even though he knew what was to come.

Thank you, Jesus, for continuing.

For a moment I interrupted my precious time by trying to wipe away the tears. For a split second, I consumed myself with what others might think.

But it didn’t matter; this was my time to reflect.

My tears were sweet tears of gratitude.

Thank you, Jesus……
  • For loving us so much, you were willing to die on the cross.
  • For preparing me for a life, I didn’t expect.
  • For equipping me to embrace life as it is.
  • For carrying me through.
  • For the incredible blessings, you have brought into my life.
  • For not letting me see ahead of time the unexpected that was yet to come.
  • For moving forward when you knew what was to come.
  • For being my very best friend.

So this week I am slowing down to walk with Jesus and ponder daily the great sacrifice he made for each and every one of us. I will not let Easter pass with just a glance.

How about you, has God grabbed your heart this Easter?

HAPPY EASTER – HE HAS RISEN!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

33 Comments

  1. Reply

    Dawn Boyer

    Your transparency blessed my heart. I found my self in a similar situation on Palm Sunday… a little unprepared for what He was going to do in my heart when I was willing to bow and to humble myself with gratitude. I’ve been letting the burdens weigh deeply and forgetting that there is always so much to thank Him for. 😉
    You have been a huge source of encouragement to me, Maree, a kindred spirit that allows me to breathe deep with you. Praying for more and more of His love to flow over your heart.
    Blessings!
    Dawn

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      Maree Dee

      Dawn,

      I think God was working overtime on Palm Sunday. I have heard so many women express how God stirred in their heart this Easter. I love hearing that. I am so happy you too had a similar experience.

      I am so glad I have been an encouragement to you. I feel the same about you. I love your posts.

      Thank you for your prayers.
      Maree

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    Sheila Qualls

    I have read so many posts this Easter season of people who have just felt blah about it. I think God is doing something. For so many people to have the same feeling and then realize and acknowledge it is incredible. God is speaking to hearts.

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      Maree Dee

      Sheila, I agree. God is speaking to our hearts. Maree

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    Bette

    Thank you for sharing this, Maree! Easter grabbed me in a new way as well this year…and as I read your post, I was struck by how our Lord didn’t feel the resentment I feel so many times when I think about my own situation…which is nothing compared to what Jesus did for us!

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      Maree Dee

      I am so glad that Easter grabbed you in a new way. It must have been in the air. Maree

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    Debbie Kitterman

    Maree, yes, God totally does that whole “grabbing my heart and attention” thing during church all the time LOL … this year, I found that He was drawing me closer than ever before during Holy week, I am sure you read about it on the linkup. He is beckoning each of us in His own way to come to Him, focus on Him, and press in to Him. Blessings to you & Thank you for linking up with #TuneInThursday this last week. I hope to see you again this Thursday at the linkup.

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      Maree Dee

      Debbie – That is wonderful he pulled you even closer this past week. Don’t you just love that when he does that? Maree

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  6. Reply

    Unmasking the Mess

    Maree- I struggle with this too. Am I living and acting in a way that treasures what God has done for me? Is my heart appreciative enough?
    Lovely post!
    Happy Easter!

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      Maree Dee

      Julie,

      Always nice to know I am not alone. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Maree

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    Janet

    This was a great reminder of what the meaning of Easter really is about. As we study the book of John and read about his crucifixion. How amazing it is that he gave up his life so we may live. He is the light and the way.

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      Maree Dee

      Janet,

      I agree, it simply amazing what he did for us. Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend.

      Maree

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    elizabeth meyers

    Beautiful words! I also had a fresh appreciation for Christ’s sacrifice this week. May we never grow numb to all Jesus sacrificed on our behalf! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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      Maree Dee

      Elizabeth,
      I am so glad you had a fresh appreciation for Christ’s sacrifice this week. It is amazing what he did for us. Have a wonderful Easter.
      Blessings,
      Maree

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    Kelly

    Thank you for sharing such a personal moment. It’s easier to just let Easter pass without a thought, but you’ve reminded me to take some time to let the events of Easter sink into my heart and mind. Happy Easter to you! 🙂

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      Maree Dee

      Kelly,

      Happy Easter to you too. I hope you are finding some time to let Easter sink in. I am embarrassed to say even after my wonderful moment with God I still struggle with making the time.

      Maree

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    Lesley

    I love your questions about what it was like for Jesus on Palm Sunday. It is amazing to think that he knew what lay ahead and yet he chose to go through with it for us. It is good to slow down and reflect on this- I think sometimes when we are familiar with the story we can become complacent but it is so important to remember all that he did for us.

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      Maree Dee

      Lesley –

      I agree so amazing that he knew what was to come and was still willing. I guess that is what makes him Jesus and not just one of us. I agree sometimes we are so familiar with the story we don’t pay attention. I know that is true for me. I have to make a point to remember, and when I do, I always learn something. It was nice to chat a bit with you today. Happ Easter! Maree

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    jenn56093

    I too wonder what Jesus was thinking, what were the disciples thinking. Oh me too, so thankful, your list of reasons.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Yes, I wonder too what the disciples were thinking. Thanks for stopping by. Maree

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    Lauren Tonge

    I love your point of view…it’s a great question that requires lots of trust…would we keep going if we knew what was ahead of us? Especially as we chase after Him..it’s in the chasing where trust is made for me…I loved this. thanks!

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      Maree Dee

      Lauren,

      This is so true it requires a ton of trust. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

      Maree

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    Candace

    So beautiful. He has risen indeed!

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      Maree Dee

      Candace,

      Thank you! Happy Easter!

      Maree

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    lausdretired

    Thank you, Maree! It is sad how easily this life He gave me can consume me to the point where I forget the Giver; the eternal life He promises does not even get considered. Children, jobs, retirement, and what-have-you sneak in and take over until it’s ‘God who?’. Your post today reminds me of Hebrews 10: 24, 25 where we are encouraged to keep meeting so we will not forget. May we continue to support one another in our ‘walk with Jesus’. He is Risen Indeed!

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      Maree Dee

      I love that reminder. Yes, we need to keep meeting, so we don’t forget. Happy Easter! Maree

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    Brenda

    Thank you Jesus, indeed. — Happy Easter, Maree. ((hug))

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      Maree Dee

      Brenda,

      Hugs back to you too.

      Maree

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    Heather

    This was beautiful Maree… and perhaps the biggest thanks is that we don’t see all that is to come as He did… for how much more anxious would we be if we did know all that we think we want to know?? A beautiful list of things to be thankful for– most importantly for Jesus and his resurrection. God is good. Thanks for the reminder to give glory to him on this holiest of weeks. ♥

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      Maree Dee

      Heather,

      Yes, I agree the biggest thanks is we don’t see what is coming. I think I would have run for the hills and I am so glad I didn’t.
      God has always been good.

      Maree

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    SunSparkleShine

    Maree, it’s no coincidence that I found your post linked right before mine on no less than 3 link-ups today. I know that even though I’ve been writing about Easter (even did a devotional about it) my heart is distracted by the many things on my list. God used your words in this post to call me to slow down and pause — to soak in all that Easter means for me and for those who will be touched by my transformed life. Thank you for being his vessel today!
    Blessings to you for Easter and beyond.
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

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      Maree Dee

      Marva,

      How strange that I was right before yours three times. Obviously, God must have wanted us to connect. I love it when that happens.

      I found the same thing to be true about writing about Easter and still needing to remind myself today to slow down.

      Happy Easter to You!

      Maree

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