Holy Week Devotion: Kyla's Story
Easter Devotions Day 8: What fear do you need to leave in the tomb?
Based on the empty tomb; Matthew 28:1-9
The angels said, "Do not be afraid!", Jesus met the women, and said, "Do not be afraid." Even though the women were terrified they ran with joy to tell the disciples. What do you do when you're afraid? Do you freeze? Do you get stuck? When we are afraid we need to lean into the joy within, the joy ahead of us, and run. Seeing Jesus empowers us to keep going even when we are afraid.
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What fear is Jesus inviting you to leave behind in the tomb?
Kyla: "I’ve spent most of my life trapped by fear. As a little girl I’d agonize over my parents’ safety. If they didn’t come home when they said they would, or if they went on trips, I’d sit at the top of the stairs waiting anxiously for them to walk through the door.
Now, as a parent myself, the over-arching protectiveness has carried over. From my husband, to my children, I’m in a constant battle of: wanting to know that my family is safe, to placing that faith in God’s hand.
Leaving the kids with grandma, so my husband and I can get some much needed one-on-one time, takes days of mental preparing. I cover myself with self reassurances, like: they’re going to be okay... nothing bad will happen to us while we’re gone... they’re safe at grandmas.
When my husband leaves work to drive 45 minutes home through a winter storm, I have to preoccupy myself so I’m not paralyzed with fear of what might happen to him.
The fear is exhausting, the anxiety is draining and at the end of the day I’m left to my own devices. The fear becomes a veil over the truth: that God holds the universe in his hand; and I let the weight of trying to control every little detail take over.
So this Easter I'm choosing to say 'no more.' I'm choosing to leave the fear of not being in control in the tomb. I'm choosing rest.
I'm choosing: Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I'm choosing: Philippians 4:6-7 "“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I'm choosing: 2 Timothy 1:7 "“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
So, friends, this Easter I hope you will join me in laying to rest your fears, and lifting up the King, Jesus Christ, who conquered the grave! And for the days when fear, doubt and anxiety come creeping back in (because it will), let the words that Jesus spoke to his disciples before going to the cross, be etched in your heart as well: “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27. "
Kyla is based in Canada, the founder and editor-in-chief of @flourishmotherhood, a quarterly publication dedicated to all mothers; to lift them up in scripture, encourage them with testimony and guide them in love. Find her publication here flourishmotherhood.com