The devil would love nothing more than for us to remain where we are. He would love for us to look around and say “hmm this is good. All of this is good. All of this is enough.” He would love for us to put on blinders to the world around us and focus on what we already have. He would love for us to look at our businesses, our families, our ministry, our marriages, our dreams and say “well it’s good enough. I think I’ll just stay here…” He would do a little dance, he would claim victory over us, he would know that his work there was done.
And after we lift up the darkness to be covered in His light, we can be lead to actions, and prayers, and solutions, in His name. In His plans, asking His kingdom come, this surrender leads to hope, and resolution by His mighty name, not our own.
So bring your “wordless sighs,” and “aching groans” to the feet of Jesus, and let him bathe them in His marvelous light.
need, he lifts us up. When we need comfort he sends a friend, or a word straight from him. When we need a miracle, he is ready to give it. We don’t have to work for it, we don’t deserve it, but he loves to do it. I imagine him up in heaven watching us receive these gifts. I imagine he is smiling as we take that first taste and close our eyes in satisfaction. I imagine that he watches our eyes light up and revels in the joy that he has created just for us.
When you consider more deeply the moments the disciples have had with Jesus, the miracles they’ve experienced, the questions they’ve asked, the miles they’ve traveled, this moment is more profound. All these people have seen the power of Jesus firsthand, and now he’s gone. What now?
If you are feeling something you don’t think anyone could possibly understand, Jesus understands it. He understands our sorrow, our temptations, our needs and desires. He has lived it, and he died for those things, too.
Jesus just wants our belief, our heart. He just wants us to see him, acknowledge him, and ask to be let into the kingdom. That’s it. For Easter this year, let’s uncomplicate the process. Just be with Jesus, just let him know you believe. And rest in the fact that we will for sure be with him paradise.