His Glorious Light

 

Easter has snuck up on me this year.

In a normal year I’d have eggs decorated, items bought for Wyatt’s Easter basket, and plans already in place for Easter Sunday.  But this year I have been very unprepared.

I was laying in bed on Tuesday night of this past week, thinking about how un-festive this Easter season has been at our house.  But more than that, I was frustrated because I felt like my heart has been so unprepared to celebrate my Savior’s resurrection this year. 

Normally I have more opportunities to ponder about what Jesus went through as He rode into Jerusalem before His betrayal and crucifixion, what agony He must have experienced as He died for my sins, how thrilling it must have been for Mary Magdalene and the disciples on that day when they realized He was alive! 

But we missed church last Sunday because Derek and Wyatt were sick, and I  had no other teaching or devotions (as it seems I normally encounter this time of year) to focus my heart on Him this week. 

And if that weren’t enough, over and over again this week I was being stricken with the realization of what a dark world this really is.  It settled over me like a fog, and I was having a hard time focusing on the goodness and beauty and light that Resurrection week should bring, feeling oppressed by the darkness of this world that is not my home.

But as I was laying in bed in the middle of the night, thinking all of this over, I let my mind wander over the story of Jesus’ resurrection one more time.  And I thought how appropriate it was that Jesus rose from the dead early in the morning, as the sun was rising.

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Every day, since God established time, the sun rises.  Every day, it peeks up over the horizon and without even trying it has victory over the night.  The dark has no defense against such radiant light, and it disappears without any trace.

Nothing must have been so dark as the Son of God dying on that cross.  Dying because of our sin.

  But then . . . Jesus rose and defeated sin and death, just as the sun was rising on that Easter morning so long ago.  Death has no more victory – darkness cannot stand against His glorious light.

Even though those of us who believe in Him still have to live here in this dark world, we have the victory over death and sin and darkness, because we have Him.  Jesus, the ultimate victor, the One who saves us, has the victory! 

He died and rose to save me, I belong to Him.  And now, though I may be grieved by the spiritual darkness around me, I am reminded that this world is not my home.  The darkness will not overcome me because Jesus already overcame the darkness for me!  He has filled my heart with His light from the moment He washed my sins away.

Someday He will come back and take the darkness away from us forever – and there will be nothing left but His light, and His love, and His grace.  If we believe in Him we will get to enjoy that for eternity.

Until then, I’ll let the sunrise remind me that the victory has already been won – our Jesus has the victory!  And nothing can change that, no spiritual darkness can snuff out that Light.

Because He is Lord, and He is risen!

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I wish you a Happy Resurrection Day, my friends!  I pray you each know Jesus, and may you be overwhelmed with His light and His grace this Easter.


 

P.S. I have to admit that I didn’t take that picture in the morning, but the light was so pretty shining through those blossoms that I thought it seemed an appropriate picture for this post!

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Lauren said...

love this post...beautiful! and such a wonderful reminder of the true meaning of this day.

for where there is light, there can be no darkness.

Venessa said...

I feel the same...sort of unprepared for this important weekend. Thank you for the reminder!

katie said...

great post Callie. Happy Resurrection day to you!

Kate Craig said...

this was beautiful

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Laura Darling said...

This was a beautiful post. Thank you. And Happy Easter!

Felicia said...

Happy Easter, Callie!

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