Do you have eyes to see?
Easter was a wonderful celebration of the Resurrection. We sang, prayed, laughed, ate delicious treats, and delighted in God's big victory. It was a beautiful morning of worship.
But the blessing of Easter is as much about the subtlety of the event as it is the huge news of the Gospel. Not everyone got it. Only Mary Magdalene saw Jesus was not in the tomb. She ran and told the Disciples who were huddled together in fear. Only Peter and John ran to see the tomb. The rest stayed behind. Even when they came back to confirm it, Thomas could not believe in Jesus until he saw his wounds himself.
Nothing has changed. People still don't believe in Easter. Then and now, many see the same facts and can't trust God's power and work in our lives.
As Jesus said to Thomas when he finally showed him his wounds to prove his identity, "Because you have seen me, you have believed, but blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29
I find most people are still waiting for God to show them something new to change their minds and hearts. Simply put, we still don't believe. Jesus overcame death completely, has power and authority over EVERYTHING, so we have nothing to fear... yet we still worry over death, money, health, and our circumstances. We are still afraid. We still don't believe that the Resurrection means everything to us.
The things that are not of earth are hard for our earthly eyes to see.
So that is the project for today. Our prayer for you is that your eyes open to the work and power of God.
Do you see and appreciate the way God is weaving all things together for good for you? Do you pray thanks over the sunbeam that catches your eye and lifts your heart, or the song that says just what you need to hear, or the stranger who smiled at you just when your mind was racing towards worry? Are you looking for the people God draws near to you for your blessing of kind words, a prayer for their needs, or an invitation? Are you keeping track of how your generosity blesses your finances? Are you eager each week to get to church Sundays to be encouraged and to encourage others to draw closer to God?
Open your eyes and your spirit to all God is doing around you, and in you, and through you. He IS alive! Let his peace and the promise of His goodness saturate all things and TRUST in Him and His way.
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don't be troubled or afraid." -Jesus in John 14:27
See you Sunday at 10. We believe this one hour of worship each week can change every situation and every relationship in our lives! Come ready to grow, change, give, and serve! Invite a friend - you may never know the difference it will make in their life.