Happy Easter to Everyone!!!
I hope all of you are going to have a wonderful Easter. I’m posting this early to try to get a bit a head of the festivities.
Every year around this time we are doing so much (yes, I know it has been, kind of, a theme this week), and today is no different. All week-long you’ve prepared your house, food, planned, planned, and planned some more. You made it this far, through egg hunts and probably many other things. And now, it’s church…again.
Some people only go to church on major holidays, like Christmas and Easter. But why? Because they’re supposed to? Do we even know what exactly we’re celebrating today? Easter is the day we celebrate to remember the resurrection of Jesus.
Of course it’s more in-depth than that…
So, at church we have or will have gone through when Jesus entered into Jerusalem on a donkey (read about this in Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12;), The Last Super (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 13), and possibly Jesus praying about the prophecy (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22).
Then Jesus went on trial (Matthew 26, 27; Mark 14, 15; Luke 22; John 18), he was crucified (Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19), he rose from the grave (Matthew 27, 28; Mark 15, 16; Luke 23, 24; John 19, 20), and then possibly the ascension (Matthew 28; Acts 1). But we may have looked over something…
During all of these things going on surrounding the big Easter story, Jesus went about things as was normal of him. He healed many people, and taught even more. After he had sent people on mission to teach and heal.
Martha and Mary
During this, he had stayed at a home. The sisters, Martha and Mary were to serve Jesus and those he was teaching and healing. While he was speaking, Mary sat at his feet to listen. This agitated Martha. So, she approached Jesus and said, “Doesn’t it bother you that Mary has left me with all the burden of serving you and the home, My Lord? She is acting lazy. Send her away so that she can help me.”
Jesus told her, “Martha, your burdens are heavy and you are upset about many things. Mary understands what is more important, and she has chosen to do the better thing. I will not make her go.” (Luke 10:38-42)
Where does this fit?
Well, when I read this, I think of myself. Then I think of all those who are NOT running about like a chicken who has lost its head. The ones who are NOT so focused on if the kids and husband are dressed in the proper attire, and look as if they rolled out of bed as if they came straight from a magazine. The ones who are NOT worried about the perfect recipe, centerpiece for the table, and Easter baskets for the entire tribe of family who arrived (with any surprise people in between.)
We miss out on so much when we do all this. Today, we need to sit back and actually listen and see what is important. Jesus died for our sins and HE IS RISEN! Let’s wake up, mommies. Why are you going to miss out on the giggles and laughter, just to stress and worry about getting everything perfect. Let’s open our ears and our eyes. Hear and see what is important today.
And remind yourself, it doesn’t matter how hard you try. The dress you wear isn’t going to matter tomorrow. The toys that were bought will be broken down the road. But the message today…that will stay with us. All the family around us…we will miss if we don’t pay attention.