Have you ever lied awake on your bed until the sun peeks over the horizon all because you had “that” certain someone on your mind? I know I have. I’ve lied awake wondering all those thoughts…you know the ones…
Do they like me? Do they even know I’m alive?
Did that mean what I’m wishing it meant? Was that smile directed at me?
When will we be together next?
We’ve all been there I assume.
I did that a few nights ago. I tossed and turned. I imagined scenes in my heart. I prayed so hard I thought I’d lose my mind. There’s a certain someone on my mind that drives my thoughts. I can’t go but a few minutes without thinking these thoughts. I smile to myself every time I do. He’s the most amazing thing I can even imagine.
He hung on a cross for me.
He conquered death for me.
As I read those oh so familiar words of love in my Bible I’m reminded of how truly loved I am by the Creator. It’s difficult for me to see anything on my ragged pages other than God’s love for His creation jumping off each page and yelling for my heart’s attention.
The more I familiarize myself with my Father’s words the harder it is for me to read certain passages without tears brimming and my heart fluttering with excitement. Isaiah 53 is especially tear-worthy.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we esteemed him not.
5 But he was pierced for our transgression,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
And by his wounds we are healed.
So long before He was even a child in a manger, His love covered the pages of History. This is only the beginning. Isaiah was a prophecy. In the gospel you find this becoming reality as Jesus Christ is crucified.
What else is amazing about this story?
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him
and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life
a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous
servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
He didn’t just die for me and my wretched soul. He lived a life to conquer death. In defeating the grave He gave us hope and fulfilled the prophecies. He gave us something to look forward to. Now we have a risen King who’s coming again.
This is who I fell in love with. I am enraptured by the Glorious One. I’m captivated by His grace and mercy. I’m enchanted by His power and majesty. I’m enamored by His standards. I’m charmed by His eternal pursuit for His creation.
Easter Sunday is by far one of my favorite times of the year. I know who my Lord is on a daily basis, but I’m reminded of His true majesty and place on the throne of heaven this time of the year. How great it is to be loved by Him.
How inspiring His love is!
If He can conquer the grave…
Then I can face this life.
This is the love of my life. No question about it.