We’re entering in to the Easter season. It’s a time of wonderful expectation, try knowing that joy is coming (He is not here, He is risen!). And yet before we arrive victorious (and we’re confident victory is coming…most of the time) there’s the time of waiting. We know that pain and death is coming. The Savior of the world will die. And the world will never be the same.
The word of the Lord for this season of my life is very much like the process of Easter. He is teaching me to persevere and keep walking in faith and acting out of obedience, even though it’s painful, even though I can’t always see the purpose. But I’ve been promised that at the end, I will see victory.
I’m learning how to be present in the waiting. In the marching. In the mourning. In the night season.
And sometimes it feels really lonely. Sometimes so lonely that I start to wonder if God is even with me or if He left a long time ago. But one of the most beautiful things about Easter is that it shows how desperately God wants to be with us.
I’ve been (slowly) reading through the Old Testament and over and over again God shows that the longing of his heart is intimacy with his children. While reading 1 Kings, I was struck by something Solomon said after building the temple of the Lord: But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built. (1 Kings 8:27).
Solomon was right that we cannot build anything that contains God. But God, in His infinite power and love, can contain Himself. And that is exactly what He does. God strips Himself of heaven so He can truly dwell on earth. It’s all so He can be with me, with you.
The thing is, we don’t walk alone when we’re walking through the night, waiting for the victory. He is with us and often just acknowledging His presence at our side is all we need to keep going.
I love that Solomon asks a rhetorical question, one whose answer seems so obvious…Will God really dwell on earth? And centuries later God answers the question with a yes in Christ.