When Easter is Over …
Life has its highs and lows. Its ups and downs. The speed by which Life is moving determines whether it’s a roller coaster, a walk in the park, or an accident waiting to happen.
Holy Week has passed, but it has some speed for people of faith. Whether it is the additional opportunities for worship or the above average crowds in today’s church, or it’s the original Holy Week when Jesus moved from a kingly procession to dead man walking, Holy Week is a blur. But then … it’s over. Just like that the plants given in honor and memoriam, carefully arranged for optimal Easter impact, are slowly taken home or left to wilt; the crowds are gone until the poinsettias return. Just as thrilling as the journey had been, the abrupt return to the station stops our forward momentum and leaves us wondering what just happened.
Resurrection renews, but it only does its best work if we do not leave it in the past. We cannot leave resurrection for an annual celebration of Easter. Resurrection renewal happens when we bring the dead parts of our life to God and seek resurrection. Paul says to the church in Rome:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
— Romans 12:2
Easter is not over, it’s only just begun. We need to choose to live into the promise that Easter provides us; a promise that is not offered only to the faithful, but to those who in their fear, confusion, and disappointment run away. It’s for the strong and the weak, the big and the small, the rich and the poor, the early adapters and the skeptics. Jesus said to the disciples, even before they understood, “I will go before you to Galilee.” He understood they would desert him and scatter. He was already ahead of them. Jesus Christ is already ahead of you no matter which direction you run. That wasn’t possible before resurrection. Now it’s not only possible, it’s a promise.
“— what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Our Lenten journey was intended to help us be prepared to do God’s will for our lives, but Lent is over and you may not feel prepared for the next step. Ready or not, Easter is over and the real living begins! You’re in the front seat on the roller coaster of life and it’s pulling out of the station. Is God calling you to something real? Really good, acceptable, and perfect? Now’s the time! You’ve got resurrection on your side!