As we enter another Easter season, I’m reminded of amazing themes that this time of year brings to us over two millennia. Life over death, good over evil, humility over pride, and sacrifice over selfishness… these are just a few that come to mind. A few days ago I was tossing a small football with my three year old grandson, Keller, and noticed that when I tossed the ball to him he instinctively turned his head every time. The ball would not have harmed him if it hit him, and my tosses were appropriately soft for a child his age. Still, every time his head would turn, no matter how much I encouraged him to “watch the ball”. He was fearful. Here was another Easter theme played out in the front yard of my daughter’s home: confidence over fear. My grandson, try as he might, didn’t have confidence that I could throw the ball to him and not cause him harm. His instinct of fear took over.
This is my Easter theme this year: I can overcome my fears with the confidence that God has my best interests in mind and that I can trust in His pure and unconditional love for me. His Son laid down his life as a sacrifice for us so we can “…draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Use this Easter season to bring God into your fears and allow Him to teach you about his grace and mercy. And as we see Him at work in our lives, then, with confidence, we’ll be able to keep our eye on the ball without fear.