I hopped in the elevator Easter Sunday to get to choir with a young couple and pregnant woman. They were chatting about Easter events, obligations, etc. The pregnant lady commented that she wasn’t staying for church (after SS), lunch with the family, etc. would all just make it too much. The couple replied that they didn’t blame her and that they were tired of food and family, having spent so much time eating at a father’s various retirement dinners.
I found myself looking at the floor stunned by the conversation. How many people long to go to church, but cannot? How many people desire to worship, but are unable to? How many meals are wasted when people are starving, simply wanting bread.
I wanted to weep in the elevator. They got off and went their merry way-or maybe not so merry. “Of all Sundays-Easter! The celebration of the century!” I thought. But, had I missed it too
In Alabama, where I live, there has been cold snap after cold snap. The last two weeks have been warmer, so everything is blooming. It’s as if creation was waiting for this weekend to show it’s glory. Bright green leaves, radiant flowers-in all colors. All pointing upward, aiming up in honor, back to their Creator.
I had witnessed this burst of color in amazement all weekend and wondered as I got off the elevator how many times I “miss it” completely. How do I miss the abundance? How do I miss the blessings? How do I forget His promises? He promises He has my best interests in mind (Jer 29:11), that I can trust in Him (Prov 3:5), that He sings over me (Zeph 3:17), and that I can call to Him at any time, and He will answer (Jer 33:3).
I suddenly understand why the Hebrews were charged with always reminding their children about the Lord, passing down stories of how He was faithful.
It is so easy to forget. Or dismiss, all He has given us.
Thank you Lord for the reminder to be grateful for what we have, blessed for all You’ve given.

7 thoughts on “Elevator talk and sad realizations

  1. Comment author admin,

    So sorry for you! I hate that for you-on Easter or any day :(. Praise the Lord we are all a work in progress!

  2. Suzie Bell,

    You are a breath of fresh air in our own society that is over-fed, obsessed with stuff and gadgets, fanatical about “busy-ness” and often fatally myopic concerning what really matters. Thanks for your tender heart and for sharing your spiritual insights. Your thoughts are a delightful encouragement !

  3. Comment author admin,

    Thanks Suzie! You and your family are so precious to us. You are like family to us and we couldn’t do without you! Thanks for your encouragement!

  4. law advice,

    Hey, I just hopped over to your site via StumbleUpon. Not somthing I would normally read, but I liked your thoughts none the less. Thanks for making something worth reading.

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