A Seek and Find Easter

The Palm Sunday musical, Maundy Thursday Last Supper and Resurrection Day came and went.

We were reminded the tomb is indeed empty and the wooden set which bestowed it’s share of splinters is reported to be living life anew under a bathroom floor that needed repair.

The remainder is slated for the wood stove due in part to a sudden cold snap that could be the demise of every freshly planted garden.

However, there are still crosses left over… should anyone need a reminder, a garden stake or a grave marker.

The tomb

The bunny cake rose again this Easter as well doing double duty as a seasonal appropriate desert and Birthday treat. This year we cut it.

And we ate it.

All.

And just like God’s proclamation over creation: It was good.

BUNNY BDAY

All the Easter events passed and yet the hunting and seeking continued…

We spent the most time looking for those last few Easter eggs hidden in the yard the teens couldn’t find after Easter dinner. Those stubborn plastic carriers of candy refused to give up their position even with help from the ones who did the hiding. (Probably due to the forgetful nature of the hiders or maybe because there were so many camouflage colored ones this year…)

I even made a tour in hopes of validating my own hunting skills, but sadly came up just as empty-handed.

Sometimes those eggs (like so much of what we look for on our path through life?) are obscured and not so easy to find.

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Last week I took a little Spring Break from the blog and though I was looking around everywhere for a fresh idea to write upon nothing new was forming. Since I’d been camping out in John 20 I settled in there to read and re-read some more. To pray and ponder on my walks and in my quiet time. (I’ll wait here while you hop over and check it out…it’s good stuff)

Everyone, even then, seemed to be searching for Jesus. Some for the right reasons in the right places and some at the right time but in the wrong places.

But you know what happened at just the right time?

He was revealed.

But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear! ~ Matthew 10:26-27

Jesus was covered, hidden in the tomb, but God intervened and His presence was made known. In that secret hidden place, Mary encountered a resurrected Jesus.

The disciples, locking themselves in the upper room fearing what was next were suddenly surprised by the risen Lord who brought exactly the right words at the right time: Peace be with you.

In the dark, I was formed and still am being shaped and molded. I might fret about my calling. My job. My short-comings. My short temper… but the Lord who works in secret and meets me in my dark places will also one day make me perfect in eternity.

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. ~Psalm 138:8

In the dark earth is where a seed does it’s best growing after all.

god was so smart

Burried in my bible (and scandalously still blank) are several folded sheets of paper inviting me to examine my God given gifts and inventory my findings ultimately leading to a particular purpose and calling all uniquely mine. As much as I long for a fulfilling career using all that I’m given– I felt totally in the dark each time I tried to apply my own reasoning to the task.

But I don’t think it’s in my power to figure out. Rather, I’m realizing the answer lies with Him.

In a divine trifecta, this past week the Lord showed me these truths and when you keep encountering the same theme in your travels, it’s probably worth taking under consideration:

“You were built to know God and as you know him and you get to know him as God himself- you come upon an ecstasy for which you were made.” ~ Ray Ortlund

as he tells you

As we listen to ourselves, we create space for God. And as we encounter God we find ourselves. ~Leeanna Tankersley

When I stop trying to chase down the “things” and focus more on Him and less on myself I realize He is right there waiting on me — And not in an exasperated way like my high school english teacher with the raised eyebrow who everyday would admonish our unruly class by saying, “I’ll wait for you…”

No, our God is so patient and gracious. Meeting us in the dark and the doubt. Saving us by His scars.

Hastening after other gods leaves us breathless but He lets us catch out breath through prayer and praise, soaking in the word and seeking His face.

seek ye first

And then, what’s hidden will be revealed.

Cross His heart.

 


10 thoughts on “A Seek and Find Easter

  1. Heather,
    What an adorable bunny cake! And is that you in the last vintage photo?! Yes I agree that we are on similar trajectories today with our thoughts in our posts that it takes time for God’s work to take root in our lives and even longer than we think for his purposes to take shape, but take heart in the meantime because there are plenty of beautiful things to celebrate!

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    1. Ha! You are very kind– his icing turned out to be a little crumb filled (I’m not a very good cake decorator!) but I did make the cake from scratch with my new mixer! Love that–> there are plenty of beautiful things to celebrate! And yep that’s little ol’ me… circa 1981? Hope you’re enjoying lots of beautiful Spring things today friend ♥ Love growing in grace alongside you!

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  2. Hi Heather … thanks for inviting us to dwell on the Easter story … and what comes after. Too often, we pack it all up, and head on our way without true reflection. You’ve made it possible with this lovely invitation.

    Blessings to you …

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  3. I love all of this. I too feel the same way when it comes to callings, gifts and “should-be-doings” ~ then I tend to sigh and run back to God and that is where I find peace and contentment. Thanks for sharing your heart and this reminder to us. PS: my mother-in-law made the same bunny cake last week! (did you know eatable Easter grass exists now?!?)

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  4. Hi Heather – so beautifully written as always and so real – your heart woven in for us to see. My favourite bit “I might fret about my calling. My job. My short-comings. My short temper… but the Lord who works in secret and meets me in my dark places will also one day make me perfect in eternity.” Beautiful – thank you !!

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    1. Awww thanks Tracey…: ) Sorry for the long wait in reply… Been flying under the radar?? Gathering secrets to proclaim on the rooftops perhaps?
      : ) Thanks as always for your lovely uplifting encouragement ♥

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