Wednesday, April 5, 2017

REAL LIVING


According to Martha Stewart, adding coriander to meatballs will give them a delicious North African taste. But that's if you're into that sort of thing. She also says guest rooms should be decorated with fresh, neutral colors. But again, advice you can take or leave. 

However, it is Martha Stewart's advice. Not just anyone's. She knows her way around a lemon zester and how to get your sheets smelling like lavender. Just look at Martha Stewart Living magazine's cover this month. If I were an Easter egg, I'd want to look like one of those.


The big wide world of decor, food, gardens, and crafts - Martha's specialty. But what about funny things? Not her specialty. The perfect smoky eye? No bueno. Maximizing your calorie burn on that power walk? Not even close. But what about choosing the perfect table centerpiece for your Easter celebration? Well by all means, let Martha Stewart take the reins. It is her specialty.


Digging deeper into the realm of specialties - a lot deeper - who or what to turn to when my heart is falling apart? Food might help about 8 minutes. A new blouse might get me through the afternoon. A friend might stick around a few days, but I'd be turning to someone whose heart is every bit as complicated as mine. 


So who's the keeper of all-things heart related?

That would be Jesus, the One who "knows how we are formed" and "remembers that we are dust" (Psalm 103:14). The One who keeps "track of all my sorrows" and has "collected all my tears in [His] bottle," recording "each one in [His] book" (Psalm 56:8). 

But at Easter we're reminded of His greatest specialty: raising things from the dead. He rose Himself from the dead and has been raising all sorts of things ever since - breathing life back into places we thought could never be revived again. Because no other god is alive like Jesus, no other god has power like Jesus.

Want to know more? Here's a list I've kept over the years:

- Jesus is so gentle that little children flocked to Him (Matthew 19:14), y
et so authoritative that fierce storms would be quieted by His word (Mark 4:39).


- Jesus is so tender that He stopped the criticism of a woman caught in adultery (John 8:11), yet so commanding that a single look from Him parted an angry crowd intent on doing Him in (Luke 4:29-30).

- Jesus is so embracive (not abrasive) that sinners called him friend (Matthew 11:19), yet so righteous that His blood could wash away the sin of the entire world (1 John 2:2).


It's true; Jesus has an extra amount of specialties. But since it's Easter, let's call them eggstra-specialties.

Happy Easter!

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