A Few Days Later
By Stacee Helton
April 2, 2023
It’s Palm Sunday! I’ve decided to take some time with my thoughts this morning, before the day gets too busy and decides to carry me off with it. Early mornings are my favorite! I’ve been watching the sun come up, while sipping on my coffee and thinking about the last few weeks. (Talk about busy!). We haven’t really known if we are coming or going lately, so this morning, I’m enjoying some much-needed downtime, while I have it.
Two weeks ago, we held our annual Jesus Girls Conference at church for girls in grades pre-K through 6. It is a wonderful evening of singing, worshiping, learning, laughing, sparkling (lots and lots of glitter!), and a dance party thrown in, just to make sure everyone completely wears themselves out before finally crawling into bed at the end of the night. The girls love it, our teenagers who help with it each year love it, and all of us volunteers think it’s simply the best. This year, we had well over 200 girls attend, and over 170 volunteers. It was our biggest one yet and it was amazing. In my class of 2nd and 3rd graders, the girls learned about ways to let their lights shine for Jesus and were reminded to never let anyone, anything, or any circumstance dim their lights. (Afterall, Jesus Girls were created to shine!).
A few days later, my husband and I were taking 6 of our high school students to OKC for a college visit weekend for youth groups. What an amazing time of worship we had there, and the students enjoyed fun activities, staying in the dorms overnight, and getting to know some of the college students who came alongside them, to show them around campus and to speak into their lives. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, or a better group of teens to take with us. We continue to pray for them, as they make some major life decisions over the next few years. (We had the added blessing of getting to see our own kids, hug their necks, share a meal or two together, and snuggle with our grandpup. Seeing them always gives me a boost until I can be with them again. I am so proud of each of them!).
A few days later (this past Thursday), our church came together for our annual egg-making day. We sell chocolate covered eggs at Easter time, and around here, they are well-known. Our kids and youth ministries sell thousands of boxes each year, so it has to be an “all hands on deck” kind of day. I usually go over after work, but my husband is one of many who are there all day. It takes a lot of volunteers who mix, roll, count, dip, decorate, box and sort eggs, and we have a lot of fun with it.
A few days later and here we are together, this Palm Sunday morning. I can’t help but notice that my last 3 paragraphs all began with “a few days later”. A lot sure can change in a few days. A crowd of people can be singing the praises of a man one day, and crying out against Him the next. They can be waving palm branches one day, and shaking their fists, only a few days later. Our Savior can be dead and buried one day, only to arise back to life a few days later, reminding us that He does keep His promises, and that our bad days are nothing, in comparison to what He endured, to give us the hope of Heaven. Yes, a lot can change in a few days, but when it brings life, and hope, and peace… we can be assured that victory awaits on the other side of it. Have a wonderful day! Hosanna in the Highest!