Working at my desk, piled high with paperwork. Responding to about 20 texts, while simultaneously updating spreadsheets and to do lists. Making phone calls, sending out more emails and texts, and reheating my morning coffee! This is just one day among many in preparation for a huge Saturday! I walked away from my desk with my mind in a fog–certain I had forgotten something significant. A moment later, I remembered–I wanted to remember the cross!
I’m not the only one with a hectic schedule right now. Band Solo/Ensemble competitions are also in full swing. An accompanist friend of mine is busy every day with either rehearsals and/or performances for the next couple of weeks. My church’s ladies retreat is in about 10 days, and the planning committee is in high gear with final preparations. Our church is also getting ready for the first fundraising activity for our Youth’s summer missions programs. Not to mention that Pearland Little League’s opening day is this weekend!
It’s a busy time for everyone! Busy schedules can bring stress and frustration. Often, we operate on auto-pilot, unaware of our thoughts. It shouldn’t be surprising, though. We have an enemy who would like nothing better than to keep us frantic and frazzled as we approach the most glorious day of the year!
The day he lost the battle.
The day Jesus Christ won, when He rose from the grave!!
In the midst of my own busyness I think to myself, I had a sweet quiet time this morning. Good Easter advent readings. But am I carrying that hope with me? Am I aware of my thoughts throughout the day? Is my busyness eclipsing these thoughts from my heart and my mind?
Wasn’t I asking these same questions a few months ago at Christmastime?
At least in December there is much to remind us of the reason for the season. Twinkle lights everywhere, homes and places of business decorated to the hilt, holiday shopping lists and parties. There’s not a lot of that around prior to Easter. Unless we happen to be in our local craft store or pass by the candy aisle at our grocer, there aren’t a lot of visual stimuli throughout the day to remind us to pause. You know … Selah … Stop and think about it. Remember the Cross!
But we need to! And we have to do it on purpose. Hurried and harried, when we stop and look at the cross–everything around us changes–including ourselves.When we stop ... and look at the cross, everything around us changes--including ourselves.
We must slow down, gaze at the cross, and consciously bring Christ into our activities.
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Personally, I can’t think of a more effective way to bring Christ into my world than through worship–worship through music. After all, the right song at the right time, is just … right! And it’s available almost any time.
This week at my ladies Bible study, the gal who led worship chose Chris Tomlin’s current song, “Good, Good Father.” If you haven’t heard it yet, you should take a few minutes and listen. (A YouTube link is at the end of this post.) She told our group that she has been listening to this song over and over–and I get it! It’s a very simple melody with simple, repeated phrases. It’s not really an Easter song. But thanks to some great worship leaders at my church, it’s the one that is running through my head now. It’s the song I’m using to point my heart to Christ and the Cross. This is an “on purpose” kind of thing. Sometimes I get so busy, even when singing worship music in the car, I’m not really aware of what I’m singing. And that misses the whole point!
It’s the stopping and the gazing.
I was tempted to quickly type up this post, press publish, and dash away. But God spoke to my heart saying, Stop. Did you really hear what I am telling you? So I did stop. I actually walked away to let my head and heart catch up with each other. Now I’m back, trying to make sense of it all.
This weekend, our school is hosting the next Winter Guard competition of the season, my very messy desk is evidence of my role in its planning. It will be a thrilling day! And I will be busy, busy, busy–all day long.
But I want to steal a few moments here and there to purposefully focus my thoughts on Christ, His Cross, and His resurrection.
As delightful as the day will be, there are bound to be times of craziness–and I will need a little peace. Gazing at the Cross, hiding away for a few minutes with some worship music–will be just what I need at that time!
What about you? I hope you are enjoying the many great bloggers who are posting daily in preparation for Resurrection Sunday. But the question is …
Do you remember the Cross in the fray of a busy schedule?
What’s on your playlist right now that helps you reflect on Christ and His resurrection?
Image of Crosses: Pixabay (Gerd Altmann)
“Good, Good Father” by, Chris Tomlin