What Now, After Easter?

Matthew 28:5-7


The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”


I don’t think Easter is quite done with me yet. Are we still looking for Jesus?


I know what glorious things this Holy Day says to the world.


But what does Jesus want me to know, to think about, and to say this time of year?


 My husband and I went out to buy tomato plants the other day.  I found a plant about 36” tall and said to my him, let’s get these, they are already started and many flowers and little tomatoes on it.  He looked at the price and said, “Why would I spend that much money when two weeks from now it could be the same size? I will water, fertilize, and take good care of them to grow properly.”  My first thought was don’t be cheap, but then gave in and we purchased tiny little ones for $2.99 each.  I looked back at the plants after two weeks ….he was right they are growing and have much more flowers on them then the one in the store for $25. I am watching these plants bloom into food.


So, what does that have to do with the week after Easter?   Sometimes in life we need to sit back and take care of what God puts in our path, especially the little things.   If we   don’t take what God did for us on Easter and water, fertilize and care for others, just like the little tomato plant, we miss out on what HE intended that Holy Day to be.


 Is Easter this year done for you or will that beautiful day live on in you?

So, in the midst of a world putting Easter away, might we let it sit with us for just a bit more?


“Do not be afraid,” – God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith squelched by fear.


“Then go quickly and tell his disciples,” – This verse touched my heart deeply.  Jesus, I don’t want to be a secret keeper with my faith. I want to be a bold and gracious truth proclaimer for You.


Let people see Jesus in you throughout the year!


Kathy Avens




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