Living in a sort of 'paradise' here as I do, where the sun and surf, fine weather and pleasure reign supreme, it can be easy to forget the One who made the sun, the surf, and indeed, the weather itself!
Usually over Easter it actually pours down with rain. It is very unusual to have any of the glorious sunshine that we are, well, almost famous for. But not this year. The days have been so clear, so warm and simply perfect for the hundreds of holiday makers that flock into our little haven each Easter.
As I sit in the sunshine and reflect on the true meaning of Easter, I notice how easily our culture has largely turned from the Creator to the creation. We so often forget the One who made us and longs for relationship with us. God Himself gave up His dearest treasure so that we could be forgiven of our sins and live in union with Himself, complete and whole. As I think of Jesus, I am overwhelmed by His great love for me, one who knows me intimately and still loves me. As I think of Jesus, I cannot imagine my life without Him. He gives strength to the weak, courage to the timid, faith to the doubtful, love to the unloved and hope to the hopeless.
This Easter, I encourage you to remember Jesus. In between the chocolate and the sunshine, take a moment to think about the Author of life and all He has done for you.