I’m going to share with you something that has never been put in print before. When I was small, I was deathly afraid of two things: garbage trucks and automatic car washes. I am assuming it was because both made loud noises, but I am not sure. Family members tell me I would scream and cry whenever I encountered either. Decades later, I’ve grown out of those fears, for the most part, but I still don’t enjoy driving through the car wash.
Recently, my salt-encrusted car was crying out for a wash, so I found myself at our local automatic car wash, waiting for the cycle to begin. During the next few minutes, I thought about how many fears we learn to overcome as we grow up. While every one of us has a different story to tell, don’t we all have moments of suffering and moments of joy? Our stories have a common ingredient in that we often must let go of one thing to gain something else. Easier said than done, right? To let go, we must TRUST that everything will eventually work out. Like I said, not an easy thing to do.
The observances of Holy Week and the entire Easter season that unfolds over the next seven weeks provide countless reminders that we don’t have to face our fears alone. What we take to the Cross each day is also carried by our LORD. Our risen LORD continues to grieve with us when we grieve and rejoices with us when we are rejoicing. We trust that we never walk alone in our suffering. We also have been gifted with a community of friends and family to walk with us along life’s journey.
May the events of Holy Week and the Easter Season sustain us in the days and weeks ahead. Let’s not be in a hurry to put all the Easter decorations away and move on to the next big thing in our lives. This year, let’s truly be an Easter people and TRUST that our sorrows will be washed away and replaced with rejoicing. This year, let Easter linger in our hearts a little while longer. “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” (Psalm 118)