Easter Reflections by Dorothy Womack


EASTER REFLECTIONS:

Easter is upon us yet again, and with it, a renewed sense of awareness for me personally. Easter bunnies and candy are great when we are kids, but the truth of Easter lies in its spiritual lessons...

Most of you know me only as the caregiver to my own mother for 4 years at home. But I was a person long before I became her caregiver, and it to that end I would like to direct the rest of my inner reflections...

When I was just a child, a group of 'friends' hanging around at the schoolgrounds on a Saturday, decided it would be great fun to strip me completely naked and tie me bound to a nearby tree, then run away and watch the 'show'.... Over the years, I have always been aware of my modesty and somewhat of the 'why' behind it all - But this year, suddenly a new, deeper truth sprang to my awareness...

Jesus hung on a wooden cross to buy my personal salvation, and ALL who will call upon Him. He was bruised, wounded, nailed to that tree - and He suffered humiliation at the hands of cruel men, all for the sake of saving US from eternal damnation. My small experience with being naked and bound to a tree, with my childish peers laughing, mocking and jeering, humiliates and shames me to this very day - I had no choice, and there was no reason for my being there. JESUS DID HAVE A CHOICE and THERE WAS A REASON!! Though I have so many areas where I fall short of achieving my potential in Christ, I can identify with the humiliation of being hung on a tree and having everyone look upon your nakedness, your vulnerability, your humanity. My experience was brutal for me as a child, and has followed me into adulthood, all with negative consequences that I never chose. But JESUS' decision brought about the salvation of the ENTIRE WORLD, if we will only choose to accept that sacrifice...

My experience happened to me as a CHILD - I had NO CHOICE - There were NEGATIVE repurcussions, BINDING me to a lifetime of LIMITATIONS....

JESUS' experience happened to HIM as an ADULT - HE MADE A CHOICE - There were POSITIVE, AMAZING repurcussions, FREEING US for our lifetimes and beyond...

Easter means a whole lot more to me personally this year, more than it ever did before. You see, I am not just a caregiver - What made me successful as one was due to the fact that I had learned by example, by having JESUS be my own caregiver for several decades. The rest of the story came naturally, easily, willingly and most of all, gratefully...

c) 2002 Dorothy Womack