Even though everyone’s supposed to celebrate new life at Easter, do you feel like you’re hanging on to hope by the skin of your teeth? Easter means that God can bring new life out of death, and spring carries the same message after the deadness of winter. But sometimes even sunny days and spring flowers can’t sweep away the cobwebs we have on the inside.
The great message of Easter is this: your story isn’t over.
My story wasn’t over when the doctor told me I had rheumatoid arthritis. That sounded terrible to a 27 year old who could hardly walk because it hurt too much. Months of being unable to do anything but the simplest tasks had eroded my hope. I wondered if I’d ever have a normal, pain-free life.
Mysteriously God healed me. Twenty years later I’m a walking miracle. (I mean it, being able to walk is a miracle, and I’ve never forgotten it!)
A Thousand Little Deaths
I wonder how Jesus felt during his last week of life in Jerusalem. He knew death by torture awaited him, so he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Luke 22:42)
Jesus said this about his death: “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.” (John 12:24)
Maybe you can relate to that little kernel of wheat because in this one life God gives you, sometimes it feels like you die a thousand little deaths:
- Negative pregnancy test
- A broken relationship
- A struggling child
- Loss of a loved one
- Unemployment or financial trouble
God’s Promise of New Life
Delivering Jesus from death was not part of God’s plan. The Father allowed His beloved son to suffer, but when Jesus lay in that stone- cold tomb, the story wasn’t over.
God had something amazing planned, a miracle so astounding that no one could have imagined it. That one death was going to result in eternal life for millions and millions of people.
Your story’s not over either. Remember that if you feel heartsick this Easter. No matter what circumstance you face, God can redeem it. The Master Artist causes all things to work together for good, and He’s making something far more beautiful out of your life than you could imagine. He is a God of miracles who brings new life out of death. The hard part is waiting when what we want is for him to make everything all better RIGHT NOW.
So if you’re hanging on to hope by the skin of your teeth this Easter, take courage, breathe in deep, and lift your chin up. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Your story’s not over yet.
How do you hang on to hope when the going gets tough?