The Lord has truly risen! We recently celebrated that together. Easter; the festival of new life, the festival of resurrection power. I have to say that the holidays don’t always have a huge impact on me. The hustle and bustle of life often prevents me from really reflecting on the content of the events we commemorate. But this time it was different…
Freedom and peace
In February I wrote about my painful neck muscle in a blog. And how lovingly God then made it clear to me how He looks at me. That I can be there with my calm, somewhat subdued character. I can hardly understand the process He went through with me, before and after. Through so many people around me, He has made it clear to me how valuable He finds me. As the icing on the cake, He freed me from the brakes on my life that I always experienced. The bell that stood over my life is gone and I have never experienced so much freedom and peace with myself as in recent weeks.
Ephesians 1:20 says that God’s power works in us. And that power is the same power with which God made Jesus alive again. A text that we can read and accept as true, but when we see something happen in our lives that makes it visible, we are amazed. I have to pinch myself every now and then to check whether I have really (or still) changed. There is still a lot to discover in this area. Such as the secret of when God’s power does or does not become visible. Or why it sometimes takes so long. But in all of that, we have a choice whether or not to trust Him. Because God is always good. That’s what the Bible tells us and that’s why it’s truth that we can rely on.
Relationship over desires
A new desire has arisen in my heart. To share more of that goodness of God. My change gave me new love for Him and I so believe He has enough to give to those who are broken. He is the God of recovery and how wonderful it is to be able to be a channel of that. When I recently got into the car after a Wonderful Sunday and I was almost bursting internally from longing for more power from God through me, a podcast automatically turned on. The first thing I heard hit me. The gist was: “Dreams and desires are good, but never let them come before your Maker, your God.” I needed to hear that and believe that it is one of the secrets for a life based on the power of God. Your relationship with Him should always come first. He longs for a relationship with you and with me. And how wonderful it is that we can be together with Source of Strength! You may learn to strengthen yourself in the Lord your God, whatever your circumstances. Just as David did in one of the greatest storms of his life (see 1 Sam. 30:6). Let Him shape your character, so that He always gets the credit for what He does and your own pride, but also your shyness and objections can be put aside.
I think I have only partially understood the impact that the resurrection power of Jesus could have in my life. But together with God I go on my way and look forward to what is to come. What I did understand is that without the resurrection of Jesus I would never have been able to experience as much freedom and joy as I do now. A freedom and joy that make me so grateful and that even makes a modest character like me dance around the room realizing: the Lord has truly risen! Will you dance along?