The celebration of our Risen Lord on Easter morning still rings in my ears. The Hallelujah chorus beats within my soul as I celebrate the miracles of Easter. The Easter season provides us with fifty days to commemorate the Savior’s victory over death. He lives forever, and we can share eternity with Him.
Luke 2:19 (NIV) But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, set an example for us to follow. As events unfolded around her newborn son, “Mary treasured up all these things.” These memories would carry her through the dark days of the crucifixion. The miracles she witnessed would comfort her grieving heart. The recollections helped her to survive until resurrection morning. The reward was an empty tomb and a Risen Lord.
1 Samuel 7:12 (NIV) Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,[a] saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
Throughout the Bible, God calls His people to remember the events of the past. In the Old Testament, God’s chosen built altars or pillars to remind them of God’s power in their lives. Samuel created one of these pillars and named it Ebenezer. This structure called the Israelites to remember that God heard them and saved them.
Psalm 77:11 (NIV) I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
During Easter, I like to take the time to ponder things Christ has done in my life. The word ponder means “to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate.” As I revisit my year, I make a note of the ways Christ has moved in my life. Remembering helps me prepare for the year to come. What are you doing to “remember” all Christ has done for you? These memories help to build our trust in God for when the road gets difficult. Take time today to ponder Christ’s miracles in your life.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, let us take this time to remember and thank you for everything in our lives. Please help us to recognize your hand in our daily world. Help us use these memories when life seems out of control. Be with us now and forever. In Jesus name, Amen.