I rolled out of bed this morning ready to get back to the “normal routine” of life after a wonderful Holy Week full of celebrations, traditions and meaningful moments as we remembered Jesus’s life, death & resurrection. I was mentally making a checklist of everything that I needed to accomplish:
- Get the house back in order
- Finish up on a pile of pressing paperwork & bills
- Prepare for several upcoming speaking engagements
- Gather up homeschool assignments to turn in to the charter school
- Recruit mentors for Rebekah’s Rite of Passage year
- Send out Amy’s graduation invitations <yikes! she is really graduating from high school already…how did that happen?>
The list was becoming daunting and I heard myself sigh as I walked past the dining room table full of candy wrappers and stray Easter grass spilling over onto the floor. I was then greeted by my four year old son Daniel with a look of awe and wonder on his face.
He sat up from his perch on the couch and exclaimed with gusto - “Mommy, It’s gonna be a BIG day!”… then he stopped and asked inquisitively…“Is Jesus still alive?”
I love how the Lord uses children to stop me in my tracks and change my perspective at any given moment. Here I was the day after a glorious celebration of Jesus resurrection already “bogged” down in the details of life instead of waking up with hopeful anticipation of the great things my risen Lord would do in my life today. I imagine that the day after the resurrection of Jesus that the women who went to the tomb and were told – “He is Alive! He has Risen from the dead!” - did not wake up on Monday morning with a “back to the old routine” attitude. In fact I am sure much like Daniel they were filled with excitement, wonder and awe and were exclaiming – “It’s gonna be a BIG day!” They were forever changed from that moment on…never to be the same again! They along with the disciples and followers of Christ lived the rest of their lives committed to the spread of the good news even to the point of dying for their faith.
I grabbed up my little boy in my arms with my heart full of love and gratitude and said – “Yes Daniel, Jesus is still alive…and He lives in our hearts and yes it’s gonna be a BIG day!”
That is how I want to live my life! Each & everyday exclaiming – “It’s gonna be a BIG day!” – because Jesus is alive in my life and I am going to live for Him!
(If you want to see some photos of our families Holy Week & Easter celebration – you can see them at this link -