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Weekly Devotional

The Best is Yet to Come

Reflection by Leslie Newell

 Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 

 

I grew up in my family's wedding photography and video business and am now launching a wedding planning business, so over the years I have talked to a lot of engaged couples. In the weeks and months leading up to their weddings, many couples talk about looking forward to their weddings as "the best day of their lives.” And for the most part, I agree with them; their wedding day is one of the best days of their lives...so far. The very best days, however, are ahead of them. These couples will grow, change, and strengthen in their relationship with each other, and their future together will far outshine the one single day that marked the start of their journey.

 

It's the same for us in this Easter season, as we ponder “Now what?” together. I try to suppress a grin when I read the words of Deuteronomy above, knowing what I know about Christ and the legacy he left for us. The Old Testament Israelites had never known a prophet like Moses, and they couldn't imagine anyone ever surpassing Moses in his greatness. But then someone did. Jesus came, building upon the teachings and actions of Moses and others who came before him, and magnified our understanding of who God is and just how much he loves us. This is par for the course for God — every time we think we’ve got it figured out, he throws another curve ball that shows us that his desire for the world is bigger than we had imagined before.

 

For me, one of the sins I struggle with the most is believing that I am in control of this wild ride called life. What this results in for me is that I limit my worldview to what I think is good, what I think is possible, and what I think should come next, instead of continuously engaging God in the questions of, “What’s good?”, “What’s possible?”, and “What’s next?” When we stop making assumptions about the world based on what we know right now, we open ourselves up to the full potential that is waiting for us. 

 

It’s so easy to think that the best is behind us in the bright aftereffects of Easter, but it’s not. We are charged as Easter people to be Easter every day, in all places, for all those who may not know Easter except through us. Remember that the best is yet to come, and act accordingly. 

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