So many are in anguish, waiting to be delivered on so many levels, whether it be in lockdown, in sickness, or being stuck in a situation that feels like a treadmill.
Some are trying to navigate life, trying to be patient, loving and kind, while trying to figure out what to think, what to believe, what to do. Inundated with information they don't know if they can trust or not.
Some are taking care of relatives who are sick or suffering, or someone who has lost their mind, and they wonder why they are stuck in that situation. How long does it have to go on, when will they be delivered? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel, is there a new life, a new start, a new normal, and will that be any better?
Easter is supposed to signify new life, deliverance from death, fresh hope. However it looks like the World is being pushed along by those who want production, and profit. They are gobbling up resources while leaving a trail of pollution, poverty, carnage and devastation of the Earth and it's people in their wake.
Where is the deliverance?
It reminds me of that passage in Romans chapter 8
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." ~ Rom.8:22-23
In other words there is a promise of deliverance - a resurrection!
But it's easy for hopelessness to set in - like the children of Israel in Egypt - 400 years ending in slavery and oppression, no deliverer in sight!
History repeats itself.
Moses did eventually come and delivered them, God working mighty signs and wonders.
And Jesus did rise from the dead with the promise of our resurrection.
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." ~ 1Thes.4:14-18
So in spite of a long wait, in spite of the hardships, in spite of the sacrifices, we can still face life's challenges with faith in that promise and demonstrate there is hope and love and light to be found by acts of kindness and care, and the smiles we give to those we meet.
The God we serve will eventually build back much better - trust that!
"He is Alive" ~ Sung by Dolly Parton
He is risen...