Good Friday Reflections

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Sometimes I truly can’t believe how beautiful life can be when I stop and smell the ocean, when I drink delicious cups of coffee at cute cafes, and when I share full bellied laughter with my dearest friends. I know that life isn’t always roses and butterflies, and that there is hurt in life, but sometimes I feel like its these “little things” that help remind us that life is so much more exquisite and these moments more precious because we do not know what lies in tomorrow.

I was at Bondi Beach a couple weeks ago on what was a very beautiful postcard sunny type of day, and as I went and had some frozen yogurt with my dear friend I “people watched,” and my heart nearly exploded with great delight. People were so happy in each others company just eating some frozen yogurt, and that was it. I’m sure most of them were just everyday ordinary people just spending time with their loved ones, but I realized that God (even though they may not know) was smiling down on their moment. Simply because there wasn’t an over complication of life, just people enjoying and marinating in that moment.

And in essence this is what Christ died for. He not only died for our sins, but to bring forth life and let us marinate in it. For he said, “I have come to give them life and life in abundance…(John 10:10)” and maybe this “life abundant” does not look completely like heaven (because its still human and broken because of our choices, and marred by the sad effects of disease), but sometimes it just simply  looks like watching your favorite movie, gathering around the dinner table with family, passing that exam, being in good health, driving through the coast, even folding fresh laundry.

Yet our hearts can have hope and look forward to his coming, look forward to the day when it all comes to a full completion. Yet, in this moment right now, in our ordinary lies great potential for the extraordinary, potential, in just enjoying and choosing to delight, because when we choose delight it becomes a sweet moment of worship to our God, what else can we do to thank God for the cross? Delighting, enjoying, basking in what He has given us because “every good gift comes from above… (James 1:17)”

We are free friends. We are not stuck in sex trafficking, we are not Syrian refugees in the desert, and we do not need to worry of explosions on our way to school. We must not undermine these drastic situations, on the contrary we must step in to fight the cause for those whom can’t fight for themselves, and we must pray for these drastic situations. But we must also remember to worship, and thank Him for the life of freedom He has given us in his grace and mercy.

So drink that cup of coffee nice and slow, love like there is no tomorrow, and when you fall short give yourself grace, and keep hope when all else fails for this is our temporary home.

So on this Easter Friday;

Cheers to life, God & His love.

And remember friends in your circumstance that a brighter dawn is coming…. we might not understand the full mystery but take heart… He is Risen.

 

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*Picture courtesy Pinterest.

When you can invest yourself deeply and unremittingly in the life that surrounds you instead of declaring yourself out of the game once and for all, because what’s happened to you is too bad, too deep, too ugly for anyone to expect you to move on from, that’s that good, rich place. That’s the place where the things that looked for all intents and purposes like curses start to stand up and shimmer and dance, and you realize with a gasp that they may have been blessings all along. Or maybe not. Maybe they were curses, in fact, but the force of your belief and your hope and your desperate love for life as it is actually unfolding, has brought a blessing from a curse, like water from a stone, like life from a tomb. like the actual story of God over and over.

Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines.

God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the Kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.

-The Message Bible; Colossians 1:13-28

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