man, today has most definitely been the best Easter i have ever experienced. praise God!
like the song forever by chris tomlin, my day has literally been this line in the song: “from the rising to the setting sun, His love endures forever”
my church on campus has a sunrise service every year on Easter sunday and it’s such an awesome way to acknowledge Christ’s resurrection and God’s constant abundance of love for his children.
albeit it being 5 in the morning, i was surprised to find that for the second year in a row, i was wide awake during this service receiving the Word of God from our senior pastor. during last year’s service (read about it here!), Jesus awakened my soul after having made a decision i should have made long beforehand.
now, last year i was one of the head bobbers during the sunday services. i had a horrible habit of falling asleep during the service (and i’m still workin’ on it!) but by God’s grace, i absorbed every word at last years service because that was the first day of change where i asked Christ to take my life and mend it to become more like Him.
it’s been a long journey since last year Easter and i’m so unbelievably thankful and blessed for every lesson, blessing and hardship that’s been on this journey. there are moments where i get so frustrated when i look back at past relationships but i know that it’s Christ working through that moment or flashback to move one step closer to Him.
my church also has another service on Easter Sunday at noon, the baptism service. this wasincredible! man, hearing all of the testimonies of how God worked through these brothers and sisters in various ways was so blessing. the main part that got me was when 9 new babies were baptized by the senior pastor, Pastor Min. one by one, as he was baptizing them with the Holy Spirit, i started tearing up while thinking how proud and happy the parents must be. especially their heavenly Father.
i kept thinking how these babies are just starting out their lives and how they have their whole life ahead of them with challenging experiences, joyful moments with their parents, arguments with their parents through their awkward pre-teen stage, developing friendships and relationships, etc. i wondered how each of these kids would go through life and actually rely on the Lord for strength and humility. i was thinking that these parents must be so incredibly happy that they are having their kids be unified with Christ, even before their children knows what that means.
it makes me think of my parents and our relationship. how i called them this morning after i got home from sunrise service and breakfast with my small group and how my mom told me to always pray for my future. they’re getting ready to go to korea for a month and they’re leaving tomorrow so i told them that we had to pray together before they left. every time i pray with my parents, i feel a little awkward and childish haha, because they’re the ones usually praying for me! how the roles have changed! ;) after we prayed, my mama told me read the book of daniels. she said i would really grow from reading it and learn lots of lessons that I should pray about beforehand.
it’s funny because i haven’t read the Bible on my own time for a long time. i have no reason to not do it, i just wasn’t appealed to it. but shouldn’t i be? after all, it is my sword and shield in this battle of life. since mama said so, i feel more inclined to do it. so book of daniels, here i come!
when we started singing how he loves by david crowder band to close out the baptism service, at the words “He loves us oh how He loves us,” tears silently rolled down my cheeks as i thought about my parents and how much they love me. the fact that my parents love moved me so much makes me think how much greater is my almighty Father’s love for me? infinite!
before Easter dinner, helping to prepare everything was another amazing blessing. to see so many hands working to serve the hungry body of Christ was so awesome! it still amazes me to see how faithful the servants behind the scenes are. these people have long graduated from the u of i and have stayed in a small town like champaign to serve the Lord and CFC. their accounts of how the Lord has called them to serve here and stay within this community is unbelievable and amazing to me.
to me, it’s foreign to stay in a small town after graduating because i always saw better opportunities in big cities where there were more jobs, markets, grocery stores, etc. though through these humble and hard working servants, i see why their heart is here in champaign. even though their friends have moved on to other cities and have settled down in other places, these people still are still content and are happy with staying here. man, how they listen and follow the Lord so faithfully is such a simple and humbling lesson to learn from. just follow the Lord and He’ll provide.
sorry friends, this post was everywhere and didn’t really flow as smooth as i would have liked it to be but i just wanted to express everything i felt today. the Lord is unbelievably good and i’m just getting a small glimpse of His glory and power through the family of Christ. i can’t wait to see what else He has in store!
happy Easter my brothers and sisters! :)