I would love to wake up tomorrow and find out that I won the lottery. It would be particularly lucky for me since I don’t play the lottery and didn’t buy a lottery ticket. To say I hope to win the lottery would be a false hope.
Jesus is risen indeed! Easter isn’t one day. It’s the greatest reality of our lives as Christians. While Easter reminds us to have hope, I think we need to abandon our false hopes this Easter.
What are some areas in your life you would like Jesus to transform? Is there a sin you are struggling with? An addiction you want to overcome? A relationship that needs repair? Some past hurt you are working through? Are you struggling with depression? Do you feel distant from God?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you woke up tomorrow and that struggle was completely gone or that need filled? While sometimes God can do the miraculous in an instant, normally the miracle of Easter plays out in our lives in a gradual unfolding. Like hoping to win the lottery without buying a ticket, we hope for God to do something new in our life without giving God the space and permission to work in our lives.
If you want God to heal you, tell him. Show up regularly in prayer. Ask for his help. Trust in him. This isn’t the same thing as resolving to change or trying harder. In some ways healing begins when we surrender. The Paschal Mystery – the Passion, death and resurrection – reminds us death doesn’t have the final word. God is bringing about new life but it takes going through the passion and death.
Like the disciples during the Easter season, we wait upon the Holy Spirit. Where do you need to invite the Holy Spirit into your life? Ask him to teach you to pray. Ask him for the words you need to say to a friend. Ask him for the grace you need to forgive someone. Ask him to help you be more receptive to God’s love and grace.
Tomorrow you aren’t going to win the lottery but today you can experience Jesus, the risen Lord. Make time to experience him. Be vulnerable and honest. Surrender.
Do that today. Do that tomorrow. In some ways, Lent was a time to recognize our wounds and start to treat them. This season of Easter is a time for us to rip off the bandages and expose those wounds so God might heal them. It might even be a little painful. It’s going to take time, but know that healing and true freedom are possible. Jesus comes down to us in order that we might fully experience his divine life. This is exactly what Easter and the hope of Easter is all about.
Surrendering to God is better than any lottery ticket. The resurrection gives us a sure hope that God will act. The question is, will you allow him? If you do your hope is more real than the air that you breathe. Happy Easter.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what hope means to you this Easter. Share below.