I find it always happens when I’m busy. You know. I’m busy working to accomplish my goals focused on the cares of this world. God begins to fade into the background as an abstract concept. It is very easy to ignore God for a time. Then Easter comes. “Oh, Hi God, I’ve been busy.” “I’m looking forward to eternity with you, but I have these things to take care of now.” It sometimes takes me the whole of Easter week to refocus to the reality of God’s presence.
When I’m busy, I’m full of pride and self-concern. From this position to the humble place of kneeling at the foot of the cross is a long distance. One of my favorite scripture for the journey is from 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” As I contemplate these words the tasks that so occupy my thoughts begin to fade. Though I don’t see Jesus physically walking down the street, the reality of the steps he took some two thousand years ago, and there eternal significance, loom before my mental eyes, and I’m transported to his place of sacrificial love.
As the week proceeds and I think about what Jesus did, that which I am busy about dwindles to its temporary, insignificant place in the light of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I can finally humbly kneel at the foot of his cross, and there I’m refreshed in my relationship with the God of creation. And oh what peace I find there. Burdens are lifted, and priorities are clarified.
I pray that the restorative qualities of this week of Easter celebration may find you and work an eternal transformation in your soul. Happy Easter!