So get this, we are now in the Easter season, can I get an Amen? This post is being written for all my fellow soldiers in Christ who are fighting in the war for souls, and I wanted to share a reflection that kept me pursuing hope in this past season of Lent. In the depths of my lamenting, God spoke these words into my soul that led to a combustion of love and mystery overflow from my heart to this page.to remind all of us that we have one job. What is that job?
"Today my son, you have one task at this time, to be loved"
These were the words that I heard in my prayer today in my pleading for the Lord to give me peace amidst a time of being anxious and stressed about my significant duties in life. I mean it's Lent. Every year, a time where the Lord puts me in the "danger room" from X-Men and it seems I am challenged with every death defying obstacle he can make. Can you relate?
It made me ponder so much that as I continued to pray harder and harder it was as if I was a child desiring to be pushed higher on the swing from their parents. The moment to be given freedom within the safety net of their mother or father's love; it became clear to me to write this Lenten meditation.
As the lord says in Matthew 11:30 "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" we come to ponder this paradox between the cost of discipleship and the way that is easy and light. As every one of us is called into discipleship with Jesus, it is very easy for us to forget the cost of following Jesus; it's a gift of your entire self. Now I don't know about you, but that is intense, like, I can't just give "most" of myself and keep "some" on the side "Just in case." That phrase "Just in case..." Just in case of what?
In case Ed Sheeran or Beyonce come in town and you got to miss Church? I mean they are pretty cool but even in the term are "American Idols" that leads us to truth in what we really desire. A distraction from what God can actually do with you. It is an excuse for us to stay comfortable and safe except not with our mother and father that while hard, guide us through growing pains both physical and spiritual.
I mean...It is comfortable to jam out with Ed and Beyonce but afraid to spend time with the Lord on Sunday! Catchy huh? Well...it's easy, right? How many of us are gassing out this time of year? How many of us are saying, "Take me out coach...(gasp for air) put me on the injured list!!!" Y'all the STRUGGLE IS REAL! But at the same time what if I told you it was actually easy? Say what!?!? Yeah no typo, it's actually easy because Jesus said so. Let's back it up a bit to get the full context in Matthew 11:28-30.
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” So he likes eggs over easy? Nah, the yoke is what were put on around the necks of oxen to work side by side.
Like this guy...
Oh how I can relate to that ox sometimes...but, let's continue.
At times, the task God has given you appears heavy and impossible to move forward, however Jesus means that when we learn from Him in discipleship, his love makes it easy. I mean c'mon, when a man falls in love with a beautiful woman, or vice versa, it seems as if anything is possible. So if we experience this in human love, what about your experience in God's love?
Lastly, how many of us just need some rest? I know I do! But what is amazing is that as we learn from Jesus in our walk with him, he is gentle and loving in ways that leave us stunned. Stunned from the depths of Love that the only way we can comprehend results in our souls falling asleep. Like a child's protest being no match for the intoxicating sounds of a mothers voice in song.
Brothers and Sisters, this Lent while challenging to see past the "danger room" I challenge you to see it as a "nursery room" where the only task we all have is to be loved. In the eyes of the Lord, your only task in this time of your life, is to be loved. As we prepare to see the extent of our Lord's love for us in his death on the cross, let us remember that "while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." Rom 5:8
Be fearless and courageous in your Lenten and now Easter journey for "perfect love cast out all fear," 1 Jn 4:16 The money you need will be there. The deadlines at work will be met. The fighting at home will be resolved. But most of all, know that there are no amount of offerings you can make to outdo the ocean of love and mercy God has for you today.