If you were to close your eyes and think about your life, I'm sure there are moments that stick out. Moments that changed you as a person. Moments that shaped your inner core. Moments that define who you are. These moments come in many different forms. Some of them are joyful and some of them are filled with sorrow. Either way, these moments have affected us in more ways than one. I know that these defining points in our lives come from something outside ourselves and contribute to a much greater picture. They are the pieces of a puzzle that we can't always see how they fit together. But they do.
Sometimes it's hard to trust that the path we are going down is where we are supposed to be. We question where we are in every season of life. The beautiful thing though is that we have been given the freedom to have those defining moments and to choose which path we take. There is freedom in listening to God's plan for you. There is freedom in obedience.
I know that the word "obedience" is scary. It is hardly ever used and when it is, it is used negatively and shamefully. Which, is sad because there is much to be gained by obedience. Society sees obedience and thinks mindless zombies. That as faithful christians, having obedience to God means that we can't think for ourselves and we just do as we are told. That couldn't be farther from the truth. God has given us the ability to choose our path. Sometimes we choose correctly and sometimes we don't. But the bottom line is, we still get to go where we want. In the end, we still end up where we are supposed to be. It is not mindless. We have the ability to discern what kind of life we will live and what sort of path we will follow. We choose whether or not to be obedient.
Jennifer Fulwiler said once that God's law is like a prescription for true joy. We can take the prescription or we can not. That is completely up to us. G.K. Chesterson said that the laws of God are not the bars on the cage, but the stripes of the tiger. Being obedient to God is our prescription for happiness in this life. When we practice obedience we are truly free.
When we faithfully try to follow God with obedience, the different pieces of our life come together like a woven tapestry. The happy moments and the painful ones. They all come together to tell a story, a story that speaks of who we are and what the core of our human spirit is made of.
With that said. I know that God wants me to draw closer to Him, especially as we approach Holy Week. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day routine but I wanted to do something that would make Holy Week one of those defining moments in my life. I want to be fully present to His suffering and the sacrifice made of me. So in obedience to that call, I picked a scripture verse to meditate on each day of Holy Week starting with Palm Sunday. I plan on having it in a place I will see it often (so probably by the sink because uh... dishes) and then changing them out each day. These are passages to just help me meditate and pray through out the week. Hopefully make my heart ready for God. With all the fun Easter stuff out, its hard not to start the celebration early. I see all the lovely decorations and pretty eggs... but it's not time yet. The stone has yet to be rolled back.
So until then, here are some samples of the scripture passages I will be meditating on. You can download ALL of them here ----> BM_HolyWeek.
I hope that these can help you jump fully into Holy Week, giving everything you have over to the one who created you with such love and promise.