I was on my way to church extra early on Easter morning. I had to be there for worship team practice, my first time singing in over 6 months. As I made my way to the highway I was caught breathless by the stunning sunrise that was just occurring.
The beauty of these types of sunrises can only be seen for a brief moment. One minute the sun was exploding in brilliant orange across the sky. An orb so large it reminded me of the fall harvest moons. And the next minute it was hidden behind a cloud bank, bright, yes, but not nearly so beautiful.
I wanted to capture it on my phone to remember it forever but the reality was it’s beauty and magnificence was lost in the small screen. So instead I paused for a time to just drink it all in. It felt like a love letter just for me that morning. A reminder of His significance, of that day’s significance.
We held our Easter service at a local high school auditorium. A neutral place where we encouraged the community to gather. It was my first time being on a stage like that in a long time. I believe God has gifted me with a voice to sing and lead worship, but at times walking in that calling can be overwhelming.
Surprisingly, this morning I was calm. I was leading a verse on one song on my own and also doing a reading. I expected nerves, a sick stomach, but I just felt peace. I later learned that a dear friend had awoken early that morning for no reason and felt called to pray specifically for me. Her prayers were heard and felt even though I was unaware until after the service that she had interceded on my behalf.
We sang through “In Christ Alone” and the words were such a celebration of the immense sacrifice Christ had made on our behalf, on mine…
Then it came time for the scripture reading I had been assigned. I had read through it to my kids, out loud and in practice and I guess in those times they were just words. But in that moment of true worship the words of the angel sunk deep into my spirit and I started to cry.
Matthew 28:1-8 “Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”
Just as he had spoken to his 12 beloved disciples, to the men and women who clamored to just get close to this miracle man…He told them the truth and the truth had come to pass. Just as He said.
I struggle with doubt in so many areas of my life. My role as a wife and mother, my calling and my dreams…secretly I wonder to myself if what He says is true. I believe the promise of grace for all of you but I have failed to make it truly personal to myself.
Until that moment.
It was as if I was hearing the magnitude of those words for the first time for myself. He has risen! He has defeated the grave, just as He said he would. He took on the punishment of sin for my sake, but the grave wasn’t the end of the story.
It is overwhelming isn’t it?
This incredible grace that has been poured out on us. Despite all of my failings, I am considered one of His children. I can’t hardly grasp it most days, but that morning the real presence of the Holy Spirit was evident, God’s love was felt and His promises rang true.
Our day to day lives can feel like too much, we get worn out and discouraged. But may I encourage you to spend some time seeking out the beauty of His creation, reading His word or spending time in worship?! My prayer is that you would be overwhelmed by His grace and love for you.
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Shared By: Kristin Smith
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