It had been another rough night. Yet again, I stumbled through the darkness towards my son’s room.
“What’s wrong, buddy?” I asked as I approached his crib. I found his cup and offered him a sip of water. His diaper was fine and he didn’t seem sick, yet he continued to keep waking up. I was exhausted and starting to get frustrated with him.
I convinced him to lay back down and covered him up. Standing beside the crib, I reached in and rubbed his back while whispering reassuring words.
My actions might have seemed tender, but my heart wasn’t.
I was so tired of this. I couldn’t figure out why my two -year -old would so often go through these periods of not being able to sleep well. I had begged God for relief that seemed as if would never come.
My son still didn’t seem quite settled and my back was starting to hurt from leaning over the crib, so I knelt down on the floor beside him instead. With my arm stuck through the slats of the crib, I continued to soothe him.
It was only then, from my lowly vantage point, that I began to really notice my boy. I saw the sweetness of his closed little eyes shut tight, trying to obey and will himself back to sleep. I saw his chubby little fingers clutching on to his favorite stuffed animal. I saw my boy, bigger now, but still looking very much like the sleepy infant I brought home from the hospital.
And my heart began to soften towards him.
From the depths of a mama’s weary heart, love came rushing in. I found renewed patience and joy that I could be the one to sit here and comfort my boy. Only now was I able to show him true compassion.
My sleepy eyes had been opened- all because I made the decision to lower myself.
As we approach the Easter holiday and celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ, I can’t help but think of Him, the ultimate example of one who lowered himself.
Jesus left his heavenly home and lowered himself to this earthly one in fleshly form. He walked, talked, and ate with us. He knew temptation, rejection, betrayal, poverty, pain, and suffering. If anyone could say life was unfair, it was Him.
He knew what lay before him. Yet He came down.
He didn’t have to do that. He would have been perfectly just to stay seated upon His throne.
But instead, God chose to give us grace and compassion. He gave us a second chance, a way to be rescued. From the depths of his Father’s heart, love came rushing in. And that love changed the world forever.
All that Christ went through, his suffering and agony, was because of us and our sinful ways. We nailed Him there.
But because He chose to lower himself, and because of his great sacrifice, He saved us. Not because of anything we had done, but because of his mercy (Titus 3:5).
All He asks of us is this:
Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved”. (Romans 10:9)
Friends, I often share encouraging words of faith here in this space. But if all we ever do is walk away feeling better about our situation, we have missed the point entirely. And if I am not pointing you to Jesus, then I have failed and my efforts are in vain.
There is a God who knows you intimately and loves you immensely. He is a God so powerful that even death was defeated.
If you have never made the decision to believe Him, to follow Him, I earnestly ask you to consider doing so now. You can take the first step by praying a simple prayer, like this:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name, Amen.”
I hope you know that I desperately wish I could be sitting there beside you right now, talking about these things and praying with you.
Saying that prayer is only the first step though. If you sincerely believe those things, then with hearts full of gratitude, we must:
- Continue to pray
- Cling tightly to His Word
- Love Him with everything we have
- Show that love to others around us
That’s what I am humbly trying to do here.
Eventually, my son fell back asleep and I raised myself up off the floor. But now my perspective had been shifted.
There was good news for Jesus too. In fact, He IS the good news!
He didn’t stay in that lowly fleshly form. He didn’t stay buried in that tomb. He has risen! And that’s why we celebrate this weekend. Because the Father’s love changed the world forever.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter!!!
PS. If you don’t already have one, I encourage you to find a local church to get involved with. We need other Christians in our lives! Also, please feel free to Contact Me or send me a message on Facebook if you have any questions. I will be happy to help you any way I can!