It has been exciting to see all the Easter service Instagrams, FB, and Twitter posts. Prestonwood at the Star (with Tony Romo), Passion City at Verizon Amphitheater, huge event in Nashville, Harvest church at the Sears Arena in Chicago, Perry Noble starting Second Chance Church, and so many more. But you know, it is not always the large or the spectacular or the star driven events that touch lives. Sometimes it is the smaller, the quieter, the family times that impact people for eternity. I remember sunrise services with a handful led by Matt on the guitar, a prayer with some friends, a small country church service, or worship with the family that left a mark in my life. God is a big God but He is also in every small event of our life too.
I remembering sitting in the sanctuary at Friendship after everyone had left. The last car had pulled out of the parking lot, Lisa had gone home, and all the Easter events had been completed (I even had my chocolate egg to munch on). In the quietness and solitude, I sat there pondering the day and nibbling the chocolate. And in the end, I had nothing else to say but thank you. Of course, I was thankful the events had no major speed bumps, that people were blessed, the singers showed up, and that my role was done and I could finally breath (yes, I bet every pastor goes through that probably every week). But mostly, I sat there and said thank you for the gift of salvation – the assurance because of an empty tomb – and the promise that there is something beyond all this. I said thank you because He showed His love on the cross and His power in the empty tomb!!! I said thank you because when all is said and done – Jesus is still there. Whether it is a busy worship weekend, a work project, a school exam, a hectic day of laundry and cleaning, or whatever – He is still there when all these worldly events come to a close.
Today I read about several endings – a Chinese space space station crashed into the ocean, college teams and a 98 year old nun’s role in March Madness ended, the stock market ended in a major point drop, Channing Tatum ending a relationship, and a 40 year old woman used a taser to end a 17 year olds sleep (okay, she wanted him to wake up for Easter worship, but maybe she went too far – that’s what the police said when she was arrested, so that ended her freedom for a while). Bottom line, lots of endings. But you know what, God is still there.
No matter what you are going through, when all is said and done – God is still there. He will never leave you. When Joseph sold into slavery, thrown into prison, and all but forgotten – God was still there. When Elijah fled to the wilderness and feared for his life and wanted to die – God was still there. When Habakkuk saw all thee despair – God was still there. Before His arrest and death, He told His disciples to be at peace. He is always in control. He will always be around.
No matter what you are going through, and whether it is anywhere near the end or just the beginning of what may be good or may be vexing – remember this …
When all is said and done – God is still there. Be thankful He never leaves or forsakes. That’s how much He loves us, how much He loves you!