The Deader The Better

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and 3 reasons for making Eastering a regular part of your life

From now on, Easter is also verb. It is no longer just a noun or adjective as in, “Happy Easter!” (proper noun) or “I can’t wait to eat all those chocolate Easter bunnies!” (adjective)

Today, I am also declaring it to be a verb:

“While I was Eastering this month, I looked up and saw something that has been there for years, yet never had I seen it used in this way!”

Eastering can best be defined as designating a specified amount of time to focused observation of the things that God has openly proclaimed and displayed, yet possess hidden secrets revealed only to those who seek them with a resolute mindset.

easter
Do you see bears in the clouds?

Eastering always results in discovering personal applications, new life, and change.

This Psalm tells me that God’s creation is always speaking and revealing fresh new insights about our Creator:

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

The skies display His craftsmanship.

Day after day they continue to speak;

night after night they make Him known.

They speak without a sound or word;

their voice is never heard.

Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,

and their words to all the world.

Psalm 19:1-4

When you go Eastering, you are on a specific mission to see more, know more, and experience more of God. You won’t know how or where this new knowledge will manifest itself, but it will do so in a way that is specifically designed to fit you and bring new life to you.

easter cloud bunny
Bunny cloud

The results of Eastering can be experienced immediately or may take a long period of time; it just depends on the condition of your heart – how prepared it is to receive the specific secrets God has hidden. But focused and resolute are must haves.

Why? Because the discovery will mean little unless you want it really, really bad. The guy who wins a Guinness Book of World Record’s trophy for sitting on the couch eight hours a day, 300 days of the year for five years may have a trophy – but what that contributes to his life’s resume would fire him on the spot! But the guy who wins an Olympic swimming trophy for going to the gym eight hours a day, 300 days of the year for five years doesn’t even have to write a resume – everyone already knows what kind of character those Olympians possess, and they are a highly sought after breed in this day and age. A trophy is only meaningful if there was a change that occurred in the one who received it; a change of character – which probably came with some hefty sacrifices along the way that prepared him to appreciate it. It will become a treasure and a reminder of the reward that awaits those who give it all they’ve got.

Many give up Eastering because they don’t see results within a certain time frame. They don’t realize that an unseen strong foundation is being erected – called character building – that is making them ready to receive. We don’t throw a 50 pound back pack on a young child even if they beg us for it. It doesn’t matter if it’s loaded with all kinds of kid-coveted goodies; we know the weight of it would crush him, and any future hope of ever enjoying those goodies would be lost. God’s time frame will never be the same as ours.

easter dog cloud
Dog cloud

God doesn’t dump highly prized secrets into just anyone’s lap. He gives them to those who have prepared themselves and proved themselves able to appreciate and benefit from them. The often quoted verse, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart,” says it best. (Jeremiah 29:13) Searching makes the find worth the effort.

For many, it’s easy to see God in nature; but how much of Him are they seeing? Are you satisfied with just the obvious? I think children see the hidden things of God much more often than adults because they are naturally inclined to search and discover. They don’t care what others think and don’t usually like to quit when they are in the midst of their explorations. But somewhere along the line we think we have gathered enough information and settle into a routine, letting so many hidden things remain a secret.

And that’s why we need to start Eastering!

Hey, Patty! You whoooo! It’s Me…..God. Take your eyes off the road and look up, would ya? Yeah – I’m talkin’ to you…ALL the time! Day and night in fact. If you would just pay attention, and get a little more focused, I’d show you more things than the average eye has ever seen and the average ear has ever heard; things tucked away for those who really want to know!”

Come back tomorrow and you’ll discover the reason for the title:

The Deader The Better
and 3 reasons for making Eastering a regular part of your life

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