Easter morning celebration at our home church is a big deal. I’m talking hundreds of brightly colored air filled balloons held tight against the sanctuary ceiling, waiting for that precise moment of their release. And the confetti…well, after all, we are celebrating the resurrection of our King and what kind of party would it be without confetti. But not just little snippets of paper pieces here and there, tossed about with lackluster care. We do confetti like it’s never been done before – from a cannon packing 120 psi showering off the pulpit into the awaiting audience as if an asteroid had just encountered a shooting star. Meanwhile, every bright-eyed child has been given their own mini popper as the more serious confetti connoisseur brings in the 2-3 foot launching version, in a friendly competition of ‘out-pop’ your neighbor, in the name of Jesus, of course.
This Easter was no different – everyone dressed in their brightest and best, like all the colors of the rainbow has sprung forth for the first time this very morning. Old friends and new ones gathered with their families to hear the wonderful worship songs that poured forth and God’s Word to be shared by Pastor. Pastor’s parents were in town visiting, and took their place of pride in the front row, fully immersed in the morning’s activities. As Pastor got up to share the message, I watched as his sweet Mama snapped 2 quick and quiet photos on her cell phone – no different as if her boy stepped up for his first at bat. I chuckled to myself, how cute that whole interchange was, as she showed Papa how they’d turned out. Then I thought to myself how no matter what we do, or where we go, we are always our parent’s children. We can be playing a Little League game, landing that first million dollar deal, or preaching to the masses on Easter – we are still that love of our parent’s eye.
This is how God sees us every single day. This…it’s so simple, and yet so complex. God loves us…it’s easy to say and complicated to comprehend. God LOVES us – when we hit a home run, when we land that big deal, when we preach in His name, sure…but also when we fall short and tell a lie because we’re scared of the consequence, when we steal because we’re hungry, when we make bad parenting decisions, when we don’t act in love as we should…and on and on and on. He loves us so very much He sent Jesus – the most precious being to Him – to save us from ourselves.
And when we chose Him, He’s standing there with His camera at the ready, snapping photos for the memory albums – photos of pride and honor. Photos to share with us for all eternity. Look, my son…remember when you shared a meal with that stranger? I was so very proud of you! Oh my daughter…I remember the time you turned away from alcohol and turned to me. I love you so!
I am so humbled by this knowledge – that I am loved by my Father in Heaven, on the good days and the bad, and He cannot wait to celebrate with balloons and confetti upon my arrival. Shoot, if we can do this cool of a job celebrating here, I can hardly imagine what a Heavenly celebration might be like. I do know it will be quite a sight to behold!