I’m not gonna lie, I have had a serious case of the “morning after’s” today, and it’s not been pretty…not pretty at all.
And I shouldn’t be surprised (not in the least) that I am experiencing this again…for like the bazillion’th time in my life because literally, like clock work, it happens EVERY SINGLE TIME I have an extended break from routine where fun, family, and festivities are all in attendance.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
And when I wake up after a honey-sweet time like that, I am always jarred by the reality of the routine, by the rawness of imperfect life.
So instead of waking up with plans to bake cakes, hide eggs, and fly kites today…
I woke to a sink full of dirty dishes and a carpet strewn with empty, plastic eggs.
Instead of waking to a lazy morning of coffee, conversation, and crafting …
I woke to whiny, over-tired children who wanted Easter candy for breakfast.
Instead of waking with special plans to remember Passover and celebrate Easter…
I woke to unpacked bags, a pile of unwashed clothes, sinus pressure, and cold, dreary rain-clouds.
The reality is…
my “today” looks nothing like my “yesterday,”and that’s just “no fun”…no fun at all.
But today, as I have fought through my “mopey” and pushed through my “dopey,” the Lord has been graciously reminding me that these “morning after’s” are a result of living in a fallen, broken world world where happiness isn’t “always,” ease isn’t “forever,” and life isn’t one, giant “part-tay.”
Because Jesus conquered death and rose victorious, these “let-downs-in-life” won’t always be.
In fact, because of Easter, there is hope that one day (whether in our death or in His return), He will take us to be with Him where there will never, EVER be “morning after’s.”
So today, as I face a new week of the “less-than-celebratory” and the “raw routine,” I will celebrate in knowing that there is coming a day where the “morning after’s” will be gone forever.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”
Revelation 21: 1-5