We are at the end of Lent -40 days of contemplating sacrifice, ultimate sacrifice. After all this time of being a Christian – a Christ follower – I don’t know if I can fully comprehend the reality of His sacrifice. But, over these last days I’ve come to realize this one thing : Jesus is near; He is much closer than I expected. And He is prepared to reveal Himself at every moment. His sacrifice – His death and resurrection – made a way for me to know His presence more fully.
this Scripture, from Acts, put exactly what I’m experiencing: Acts 17:27
“…that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”
It seems like Lent is a time set aside for groping for Him, knowing I have a hope that I will truly find Him. Good news! This season I have found Him so very present!
In His majesty and glory, I found Him, watching my favorite tree bring buds into leaves this spring. I know that sounds strange, but, I am reminded when I see this tall, strong, beautiful piece of creation that my Savior, by the power of His resurrection, makes all things new! He brings the dead of winter, into the new life of spring – and it is truly glorious! Even as He brings this tree to life, He has regenerated my own heart to new life in Christ!
And He was in the poetry of song. I share this piece because it is rich with the truth and the splendor of His sacrifice. I’ve heard it many times in the past, but this spring it brought His work on the cross to life in my heart and mind!
My Eternal King
My God, I love Thee;
not because I hope for heav’n thereby,
Nor yet because who love Thee not
Must die eternally.
Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me
Upon the cross embrace;
For me didst bear the nails, the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace.
Why, then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
Should I not love Thee well?
Not for the hope of winning heav’n,
Or of escaping hell;
Not with the hope of gaining aught,
Not seeking a reward;
But as Thyself hast loved me,
O ever-loving Lord!
E’en so I love Thee, and will love,
And in Thy praise will sing;
Solely because Thou art my God,
And my Eternal King.
May I continue to grope for Him and find Him, not just now before Easter, but all year long! Heavenly Father, Help my heart to be revived by your gracious presence in all of life’s moments! amen.