We really enjoyed our Halloween night with our kiddos! It was a blast teaching them how to trick-or-treat while meeting our neighbors and secretly eating their candy. Being a mom on Halloween was SO FUN!
Spending the evening serving our kids by doing their hair, getting them dressed, prepping treats to give out and all the other to-dos, got me thinking about God’s love for His children. Here we are, Peter and I, two deeply flawed parents giving up our night to dress up our kiddos and spending the evening walking around the neighborhood carrying them, carrying their stuff, fighting off mosquitoes, scary dogs and tiredness so they can have fun! Like I said, we had so much fun.
What I am trying to say, is that there are plenty of other things that we could have been doing to enjoy ourselves but we wouldn’t want it any other way! Why? BECAUSE I love to see our children enjoying themselves, laughing, smiling. My heart grows with gladness as their hearts grow with gladness. Their joy is my deepest joy! We deeply desire for our children to be happy. If I, a human parent who only has so much to offer, takes so much joy in my children’s joy, how much more does the Lord take joy in us? Immensely more! How much more does He desire to see us filled with joy.
Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness.”
(I’m sure there are many many more verses that I don’t currently have time to look up)
There is our creator, who greatly loves us and desires for us to find our joy in Him, so that we may have true and lasting joy. And y’all, Halloween is like one of the greatest nights of the year for children!!? Don’t you think? My kid-self sure did think so!
They get to dress-up as their favorite characters, stay up late, get free candy, eat candy and so on! It’s like a dream! And yet, discontentment follows them through the night and settles when it’s all over; If I only had more candy, if I only had the right candy, if I only went to more houses, if I only dressed up as something else…
Our hearts are so like that aren’t they? Clinging to the potential fillers around us, seeking those temporary highs just to get us to the next small joy. I remember feeling that way as a kids, building up holidays, feeling content for a millisecond and then it was over. Costumes that may not ever be worn again, candy that gives stomach aches and eventually goes bad.
We were not created to be filled by pointless holidays (although fun), empty pleasures or the things of this world, no matter how fun they are. Rather, we were created to know and be known by the Lord.
The only ONE THING that can truly fill the cracks in our longing hearts, truly bring us lasting joy and mend our fragmented hearts is, Christ. He is the one who redeems all things so that we can enjoy silly holidays like Halloween but continue in contentment when the day is over or when we reach the bottom of the candy bag. We were created for relationship with Him and without that we will search high and low for”things” to fill us.
And like Halloween candy, the things of this world, cannot deliver on promises for happiness; we will always want more and we will always be disappointed that’s it’s not enough, not the right kind or we indulged too much, and are left feeling sick.
Y’all, Jesus is the only one who can give us true joy, forgiveness, hope for future, the love that we all desire and LIFE. Seek Him, He will change your life and redeem you in amazing ways you never knew possible!
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:1-9