Untethered, unbothered, this doe never flinched as Dave snapped her picture in Herrington Manor State Park on April 10th. Six of us traveling in “Gran’s Van,” including a 5 and 3-year-old, were told to remain very quiet and still. Desiring to honor the deer’s space, Dave quietly picked up his camera with the long lens and took several photos. A simple act of “desiring to act honorably in all things,” I thought. Several phrases from Hebrews 13 still keep rerunning in my head. This prayer-directing verse about “desiring to act honorably in all things” occurs in Hebrews 13:18, and seems to complete the trio of thoughts God has revealed to me during Lent this year.
Wonder why I’m still writing about the Easter season when May is almost upon us? In the early church, the phrase, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” echoed among believers from Easter Sunday through May 15th. Why should we, as 21st century believers, put away the glorious celebration of Christ’s resurrection, His triumph over death, as fast as Walmart pulls the pink and yellow marshmallow peeps from the shelves?
Before Easter Austyn Grace and Taylor Faith’s Mom bought a craft that allowed the family to put together an Easter scene, color the stand-up figures, and then move the characters around to tell the Easter story.
The girls’ Good Friday arrangement portrays the three crosses occupying the foreground, with Jesus close to the cave that will serve as His burial place.
I like even better their arrangement of the main elements on Easter and their excited voices as they tell about the empty tomb. The crosses take the background spot, hidden by a somber Roman guard.
The emphasis in this display spotlights Jesus outside the tomb and the joyful women who rush out to tell the news that He is risen!
While this child’s play provides fun and involvement, it also teaches children about the amazing truth from I Corinthians 15:
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
As I see the move in our culture away from biblical manhood and womanhood, an increasing distrust of our government, and citizens unhappy with the current move away from high moral ground, I realize that I need God’s help in speaking Truth into life’s everyday events, but the need to do so in ways that honor Christ.
Dr. Glenn Parkinson used to say, “The Gospel will be an offense to those who are perishing; woe to us if we are that offense.”
So I pray for the wisdom that people associate with owls, like the barred owl that perched outside our cabin last night. “Lord, please teach me more about desiring to act honorably in all things.”