There is a man who walked this earth over 2,000 years ago. He was God’s man ― a child, a Son and a brother ― just as we are today. He came to show us many things. We have created religions, built churches and established holidays in his honor in an attempt to follow his path. His name is Jesus and in the Christian faith we celebrate his life, death and resurrection this weekend through Easter.
Though we have come a long way over 2,000 years, humanity still struggles with the very same issues Jesus taught about and demonstrated. I may look at what’s going on in our world today and be tempted to think maybe his lessons and sacrifice were lost on us. But, I can’t, because I know too many times there are deeper lessons that can only be discovered when our hearts are ready and our eyes are open to truly see. I think that time is upon us.
We are not as barbaric, as we were centuries ago, but the seed still remains implanted within humans and it looks ugly when it sprouts. It’s what I see going on today and may be considered the norm, with repeated reports of hate and injustices, greed and self-indulgence. We may wonder, “Where is God’s perfection?” When taking a look deeper, I also see potential for something beautiful. It’s what I believe Jesus tried to show us and demonstrated most tenderly in his sacrifice and ultimate rebirth.
While it’s difficult for me even to imagine the horrors that happen, I wonder, if we dared to pause in the moment and feel what’s going on, would we notice a hint of grace that is there. It may be an opportunity given to us to look within, dig deep and allow something to unfold that would cause us to rise up to make changes and love deeper than before. If there was no discomfort, hate, war, would we ever notice? We all have the personal choice in how we respond to the TV reports of killing bombs, political debates, a driver cutting us off in traffic or an abusive slap across the face.
I don’t know what the answers are but, for me, maybe I’m missing a purpose or meaning, and I want to respond differently and take responsibility by embracing what is revealed in my daily life. I can’t do that if I barricade myself from being hurt or look the other way when things get painful to see. I feel it just the same because we’re all connected. What I want may not look like I think it should or turn out my way but if I give it a chance, maybe I’ll see through all of it God’s perfection.
There is the Shaya story Dr. Wayne Dyer reads from his book, “The Power of Intention”, that I think explains this better than what I’ve been trying to say. It’s an example of what’s possible when we choose something different than the norm. Most of the time, children know what to do.
It’s a story about a father and a young boy named Shaya, who has learning disabilities. One day, Shaya saw some boys playing baseball and told his father he wanted to play. He had never played baseball before and his father wanted to give him an opportunity to play like other boys and took him over to see if they would let him play.
One thing leads to another and the circumstances and outcome will touch your heart. It’s one of those little miracles that happen when given the opportunity to emerge. It may not seem to be that big of a deal compared to the many potential injustices and crises in the world. But, it matters and plays a part in the humans we become.
On the surface, Jesus’ crucifixion, heinous crimes, brutality are hard to explain leaving us with tears crying out with questions, “Why-Why?” “Does God even hear?” “Is that what you call a loving God?” Would we feel anything, be touched deeper or be in a place to hear a whisper of love or witness a stroke of grace. I don’t know, but I know miracles happen, and it’s in those moments when I have the greatest opportunity to choose to notice and perhaps respond in a different way.
Watch what happens in the world and our country this year and see if you can pick out those little miracles that are happening in the midst of the chaos. Just as Jesus, as a man, struggled with fear in the things he saw, we can look beyond what we see, seek to understand and trust God’s perfection. I believe it’s there every day.
God Bless You and Happy Easter!
Pat from the ‘ol kitchen table