Various items lay on the bed next to an overnight bag. Among the items are a hair brush, a nightgown with the tag still attached, and a tiny outfit covered with puppies. Though this expectant mom packs for her second child, she needs to prepare for him as if he were her firstborn. Remembering what to pack for her, her labor coach and her baby, plus remembering breathing techniques and medical terms leaves her head spinning.
The last four weeks, the mom attended classes which covered the stages of labor and methods of coping with their difficulties. The waiting and discomforts of the last months gave time to prepare and time for the baby to grow. The slow passage of time was necessary but a trial in itself.
Like a pregnant mom, I need to prepare for big events, even if I have experienced them before. I can’t rely on my faulty memories too much, or else the time is upon me and I’m not ready, or I may be so occupied with hurried prep that I miss the fullness of joy. For these reasons, I prepare for Christmas during Advent, and likewise, prepare for Easter in Lent.
The repetition of Easter every year, plus weekly reminders of the Gospel, tend to dull my soul to the magnitude of God’s sacrifice and His astounding triumph at Easter. The holiday arrives, and I’m thrilled for a day or two, then it passes, and I’m shamed for the thickness of my heart. Is this your experience too?
Consider preparing for Easter this year as a mother would prepare for her newborn or as we prepare to focus on the meaning of Christmas. Imagine reigniting your first love for Jesus, and experiencing again His overwhelming love for you by preparing for the significance of Easter.
In times past, observing Lent lit this love in me, but not always. Pray and ponder. Is this year the right time for you to commit to Lent? It may be, or it may not be. Only you and your LORD knows. Lent begins this year on Wednesday, February 22, so there is time to seek Him and decide.
Pregnancy lasts for forty weeks, but getting ready for Easter lasts only forty days, like Jesus’ forty days in the desert. The journey may be God’s means for drawing you near to Him and for experiencing deeper joy, just as a woman’s pregnancy is worth enduring for the inexpressible gladness of loving and holding her infant.
10 thoughts on “Get Ready!”
The analogy was just right! Preparation is key!
Thanks for the reminder to walk through Lent with purpose!
Thank you, Shirley. You’re a vision of preparation with all of your hosting! Thank you for being you.
I will be pulling out your wonderful devotional soon to start preparing for Easter!
Thank you, Elizabeth! I pray it leads you into a deep and meaningful time.
For people who want something different this year, I’m posting a theme per week with some scriptures, hymns and thoughts to ponder.
Suzy, indeed a welcome and timely reminder about preparing our hearts to celebrate the resurrection. I appreciate your comment about asking God whether this is the right year to perhaps more deeply prepare…But no matter what kind of a year it is, we should seek to spend time with the Lord and ask Him to remind us of these important events that gave us all salvation.
Thank you, Jen. For me, Lent is not effective in years already full of much turmoil or pain, but focusing on God is always our means of help and hope.
Well written and perfect timing. I thank you so much for pointing us in Gods direction,
Thank you, Felicia. We miss you guys.
What a delightful comparison! The anticipation as we wait to celebrate together! Experiencing lament and pain combined with celebration and new life! Thank you for bringing our focus toward the coming season.
Thank you, Becky. That’s it, exactly!