Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Just Shouts of God's Love For Us

A little more than 7 years ago, I sat in a movie theatre with my husband watching “The Passion of The Christ.” As I was leaving the theatre with an overwhelming heaviness, all I could think about was, “God, the Cross was more than we deserved. Why the horrific beating to pay for our healing? I would have just made us wait until eternity for healing.” I think that God wanted that part to stand out to me as an encouragement for the coming years.

John 16:33

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

He knew that in less than a month our unborn child would suffer a stroke. He knew that his stroke would lead to seizures, visual impairment, Cerebral Palsy, and developmental delays. I think He was saying, “Take heart! Here’s a gift of hope to pull you through this difficult time. I have overcome the world, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, and seizures. Here is a gift of peace; hold onto it.”

Some would say, “Why did He allow His own Son suffer? Why didn’t He prevent Ryan’s stroke?” Some even focus on the wrath of God over the love of God. I have questioned God at times but it seems we should question ourselves rather than God.

I’m not a great theologian but when Jesus cries out, “Father, why have you forsaken me?” I wonder if God the Father was looking away in an effort to contain the wrath of a Father whose heart was breaking for His Son – a Son who was perfect in every way.

If God, at His greatest moment of pain, was able to allow His love to control His wrath then isn’t His love far greater than His wrath? If God could wait for His Son to pay the full price for our son, then shouldn’t I be able to thankfully and patiently wait for this gift to be displayed in his life.

If God was willing to suffer more than we can even comprehend to give us more than we could ever deserve, who are we to question Him? And yet – He graciously takes our questions and uses them to lovingly teach us.


  1. I can't imagine people going through life with different kinds of pain, but still refuse to have the Lord. I'm glad that the Lord is with you by your side.
    God Bless,

  2. You keep cranking em' out :) Love you! I love the idea that you told me about how much greater his love must be than his wrath! So awesome! Yes, we should fear God but his love is so much greater.

  3. My goodness. This really brought tears to my eyes. I agree with the thought that we shouldn't question God. His ways are so much higher than our ways that there is no way we can understand in this life. Thankfully one day we will have the answers to all our questions. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  4. I have my house up for sale, I am waiting for God to send me a buyer, YET I am content in knowing God has a plan for me to either stay or go. Either way it is up to God. He is my guide and direction. Thank you for this wonderful post.