Psalm 36:5-9 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
So, we have had our first ‘lockdown Easter’… celebrating the wonderous gift that Jesus brought to anyone who would say his name on their lips, proclaiming Him as Lord of their lives, living life in the light and truth of His resurrection. Many of us celebrated Easter together as a scattered community, worshiping outside of our church buildings, and the world didn’t stop turning. It was a great joy to be as one in many different places.
Yes, there is great joy in meeting together, and we must never lose sight of this, but there is liberation in being freed from the church building being where ‘God turn’s up each week’. For so many of us God was, and is now found, on a weekly basis, in our homes. When Jesus first arrived it was in a stable, when He arrived again on Easter Sunday it was from a tomb, both places dark, cold, uninviting and yet that is where Jesus was. Jesus wasn’t restricted to one location to see God at work and I hope that this is one lesson we take away from this time… that God is active anywhere He chooses, and we should be seeking to be part of that too.
All through His life the synagogue was a place he would go every week, but almost all of his recorded ministry was outside that place, seeing the broken, the hopeless the desperate, the seeking and searching… He came to bring love wherever it was needed, wherever he was, whoever He was with… So let the verses above remind us that God’s love is steadfast, it doesn’t go when the going gets tough. It is a rock, an anchor to hold onto, a light in the darkness, a kind word, a listening ear, a challenge in season, an offer of help, a consoling word, a telephone call… it is what lifts the soul and restores the heart. It is found in the best of places and the darkest of places too.
Easter is about love that costs, it is about hope that restores, it is about the joy that underpins all that we are… so be reminded today that God is Love… and He loves you whatever you are experiencing.