Happy Easter! What a beautiful season of new life, great joy and peace. I love how nature all around us is coming alive again! Have you noticed the birds singing before dawn? Or the big bumble bees buzzing around? Or the baby geese by the water?
Recently, my favorite has been the tulips in the sunshine. For some reason I have noticed them more this year then ever before. They open so much in the sun that you can see everything in the middle - all the colors and hidden parts. The petals even seem to be falling away! In being so open, the bees are able to get the pollen and nectar.
It made me realize that's what this Easter season is all about - opening up our hearts to the Son. God wants us to be like these tulips. To be open before Him. To soak in His grace. To be focused on Him alone. To let the walls down. To hide nothing. To share our gifts (pollen) with others.
So when you're a little down that this Easter hasn't been what you expected, or a little frustrated that you haven't changed as much as you'd hoped, or suddenly feeling how quickly time passes, think of these tulips. Ask yourself if you're open to God. In your soul, are your petal walls down? Are you seeking only His Son?
Yesterday's Gospel from John 6 was beautiful and recounts when the crowd asks Jesus, "'What can we do to accomplish the works of God?'" Here they are, all about doing and how many works. We are the same today. We always want to be doing and funny enough we ask one another "how are you doing?" We forget that we're human beings. We're not human doings. The tulips are so beautiful because they are just being what God created them to be.
We can have that same peace in being what God created us to be. Jesus answers the crowd and says to them, "'This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.'" It's all about Jesus. Do we believe in Jesus? That He can change our lives? That He is truly with us in what we're going through? That He looks at you, with such great tenderness and love? That He is knocking on the door of your heart right now? That He wants you for Himself? That He has great plans for you and your future? That He believes in you even if you don't believe in yourself? That He's calling you by name?
Lord, Jesus, I believe, and I receive all the grace You want to pour into my heart right now. In return, I give You my life. Everything is Yours. I surrender all to Your Most Sacred Heart. Mother Mary, pray for me to be uncompromising in loving Your Son above all else. Help me to do the work of God by believing in in Jesus.
May your heart be open, like a tulip in the sunshine, to The Risen Lord this Easter Season.