When Easter ends, we often find reminders around the house that keep the thoughts alive for just a little longer. Maybe it’s one of those plastic eggs that never was found. Perhaps a few jelly beans have made their way under the cushions of your couch. There are lots of visual reminders with photographs of children in their Sunday best, playing outdoors in the lovely spring weather. Those hidden things, that we tuck away within our hearts often stay there, just as thoughts of Mary as she deeply pondered them on the day of her Son’s death.
Some time those hidden things, left alone, are forgotten. I think of a time when my then five year old son had gone fishing with his dad. They both caught fish and every time someone cameover, the fish would come out of the freezer to be displayed proudly. This continued for some time. After a few months, I noticed a strange smell coming from the toy box. Instead of returning his catch to the freezer, my son decided to put it in a more accessible location for instant viewing. Needless to say, that was the end of that memory.
When we hide our treasures, we’re doing them a disservice. God gave us His most precious gift, when He sent His Son to us. This gift was intended for the entire world – even those who do not accept it. Jesus died for all – one time. We have been accepted by God Himself into His kingdom. The work has been done. The gift is so undeserved – so perfect – so infused with love, that it deserves to be on display.
““You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” Deuteronomy 11:18
The holiday is over, but the gift will remain forever. Get it out there! Share it! Wear it on your heart for all the world to see.