Easter is a time of celebration. However, we are also trying to get used to this new season of quarantine. I know I am having some difficulty finding a bit of hope in the midst of all this.
As a family, my household has been trying to find activities that we all like to do together. It’s hard! One person wants to climb a mountain, another wants to go for a walk, and then the kids want to either roll around in the mud or scream as loud as they can. We just can’t agree on one thing!
However, every once in a while we can all agree on watching nature programming on TV. (I guess that tells you we are all a bunch of nerds!) We get drawn into these wild places, and we love to watch the unfolding stories of snow leopards, grizzly bears, or elephants.
|Who wouldn't love this little |
I saw a bit of an episode recently showed a clip of a Rhesus macaque. (It’s basically just a little monkey.) The narrator stated these animals are aggressive and xenophobic primates. Their social status is determined by who they were born to. Then they are either treated as royalty, or they are isolated, rejected, and preyed upon. All of this was known at birth. Honestly, my whole family was a little upset watching a few of these poor little guys getting picked on. They were just born to a mother of low social standing. It also made me think that people are not always that different. Sadly human beings can be just as brutal to one another, and if we don’t take time to open our hearts a little bit, I think we can revert back to this awful behavior.
|All creation longs for grace!|
I believe the Earth longs for grace. There are moments when grace creeps into our world and offers an explosion of hope. There are little moments when people choose to work together. There are moments of love in spite of desperate circumstances. The animal kingdom will do this too. One animal can choose to love another. The Bible says all creation is longing for redemption. The whole world is searching for grace.
Today we are living in uncertain times. Are we going to give in to evil and self-serving behaviors? Is it possible to allow grace to move us forward? When life is flipped upside down, do you still believe in love’s power? Do you believe in Easter?
I hope and pray that all of you will open your hearts to find a bit of grace today. I hope you all know that you are loved, and I pray that you will find love.