We didn't dress up or take pictures for Easter this year. We didn't make it to church. It felt weird, but celebrating my favorite holiday happened differently this year.
Eight days before Easter my husband lost his older sister. His first best friend, the first girl to boss him around and tell him what to do. We spent our Easter Sunday traveling home from a week spent with family. A week spent grieving, and a week spent celebrating life. A week learning a valuable lesson.
We have always tried to be God's light in this dark world. We try to make our actions match our values and lead by example. My whole life I have felt leading by example is so important. And it is. But it's not enough. Planting a seed without following through with the rest of the process does not grow a successful plant.
I don't think I have a green thumb. I've never tried to be a gardener and I have only planted a flower bed once and they didn't even last one season 😬 But I'm pretty sure you first plant the seed in good soil, water it daily and make sure it sees sunlight. How is witnessing to others any different that that? We may feel satisfied with occasionally planting seeds or even sometimes being the light, but if we aren't intentionally letting people know about Jesus and giving them opportunities to know Him, how will they find salvation?
I once was shown a video of an atheist saying, if you truly believe someone will burn in eternal hell if they don't know Jesus, you must really have to hate that person to never share Jesus with them. Going through this loss this week has made me feel selfish. Have we been keeping Jesus to ourselves?
I have never been more proud of my husband than I was this last week. He stood in front of a room full of family and friends and told them the truth. The ONLY way we can all spend eternity together is through salvation by Jesus Christ. He challenged us all to get right with God and get to know God. But that challenged me to do my part in making sure all of my family and friends know God and have opportunities to build a personal relationship with Him.
I want to not stop at planting seeds. Not just try to be a light by my actions. I want to see them grow. I want them to know the reason Jesus died on the cross and resurrected from the dead. We live because He lives.
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in You I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalm 57:1
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Ending note: This picture is of the only plant I've ever kept alive! Just hit the one year mark!