Spring is slow to begin in the panhandle of Texas. Our early springs consist of a lot of wind, wild variation of temperature, slow to bloom, scant flowers, promising that the new life of late spring and summer IS COMING. Easter could be in the 30’s or the 80’s with snow or blowing dirt.
It is a popular day for families to attend church in droves and gather for Easter egg hunts, bunnies and food. The colorful array of new “Easter dresses” and new plaid shirts on the little ones (as well as the big ones) make up for the lack of color in the landscape.
Easter is more than a just a day. There is a mystery to Easter. There is deep meaning to Easter. There is a newness of life because of Easter. Easter is resurrection, a declaration of power perceived in the hearts of all believers. Easter is about living life anew not just a day.
The most important thing in life, is to know Christ and experience this mysterious power of a loving divine God whose son, Jesus, intercedes for us. The follow scriptures are written by Paul:
I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. – Philippians 3:10
I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in heaven. – Ephesians 1:19-20
This power is past, present and future. We are forgiven of all the mess ups and wrong doings of the past. Embracing this forgiveness we begin to embody a new heart. A heart receiving this true love will relinquish the painful perceptions and actions of the past, replacing those hurtful expressions of pain with compassionate expressions of love in the present. We begin to take the “trail of truth” as we have faith that..
The presence of God is true security. There really isn’t any other. Divine love is the full affirmation of who we are. Thomas Keating from The Human Condition
We must know who God is to know who we are. Life lived on the “trail of truth“, trusting the love of the Father, is transformed from the place of a hopeless, hateful, hard and hurting heart.
What we believe about who God is determines how we’ll live. Jeff Lucas, from Faith in the Fog
The presence of God’s power gives us a heart change, impacting not only our future but the people in our lives as well. The security of His loving power pours out of us into the lives of others. The “trail of truth” begins with trust. Trusting that our God’s love is unfailing and his power is unyielding for all his children all the time. That is who we are, the recipients of the of the resurrection power.
…the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead two thousand years ago is available to us right now to transform the weaknesses in our lives into strengths. Rick Warren from God’s Power to Change Your Life.
The “Bleeding Heart” flower gives the image of a heart full and overflowing. Easter speaks to this kind of heart. A heart maintained by the powerful love of the Father which must be carefully attended. As with the delicate flower, it must have the opportunity to absorb the right light and water. Nourished through His word and strengthen by the company of other believers. Easter is a transforming life walk, brimming with hope and blooming with love bursting with the power from the light of the Son.