There is a simple, unalterable truth to the world. We all live with it. We can’t fight against it.
You reap what you sow.
What you put in determines what you get out.
We see this in every form of life – relationships, work, budgeting, school, sports, cooking, exercise, farming, and even in our spiritual lives.
The effects, the outcomes that we want, take effort on our part.
But this weekend offers something different to us. A hope and a truth that seems to go against all that we know about life and cause and effect.
What we’ve sown, and what we had sown then, should not have produced that effect. That Sunday morning miracle was not because we worked for it, not because we had earned it or planted the seed for it.
No, that Sunday morning miracle didn’t seem logical. It didn’t follow the rules.
We got what we did not deserve, what we didn’t work for, what we didn’t earn.
Grace abounded that day, and will never stop abounding for those who need it. And we all need it.
I pray you work hard, that you plant good seeds, and that you sow well in your life. But my prayer for all of us is that we can allow the deep grace and mercy of Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus to seep into our hearts so much that rest is what colors our souls, not toil.
In Jesus, we don’t get what we deserve, and for that we can rejoice.