I was torn today about what to write. It is Palm Sunday and it is April Fools' Day. One might assume that given what I write about I would choose Palm Sunday, but I like April Fools' Day.
When I was growing up my little brother and I always pulled a prank on my sister for April Fools' Day. One year we changed things up. One April Fools' Day we did nothing to her all day. She had to have been wondering when the prank would come, but it never did. We didn't even speak of April Fools' Day. She went to bed most likely assuming we had forgotten to prank her or that we'd finally grown up. She was wrong.
When Maggie went to sleep Patrick and I set our alarm for 11:30. We woke up at 11:30 and went around the house quietly changing all the clocks to 8:00. We got dressed and grabbed our book bags. Then at 11:45ish we, in a panic, woke up Maggie.
"We're late for school! Hurry, brush your teeth! We don't have time to shower! Grab my keys and start the car so we can go!"
She shot out of bed and hustled to get dressed and brush her teeth. She was half asleep and in a stressed out panic. I tossed her the keys to my 1988 Pontiac Le Mans, which was a stick shift. She ran outside in the pitch black night and tried to start my car. She couldn't though because she didn't know she needed to push the clutch. She turned the key over and over.
Patrick and I just laughed. We woke up Mom and Larry because we were laughing so hard. Then at 11:59 we ran outside and yelled "April Fools'!" She obviously was pissed and hit us both and went back to bed.
Patrick and I thought that was the best prank ever.
April Fools' Day always has us on the edge. Sure, it is fun but we have our guards up and don't know who to trust.
Thank God that He never plays April Fools' Day pranks. You can take Him at His word 24/7 365. When He says, "Never will I leave you nor forsake you." Take it to the bank. When His Holy Word says, "...Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." You can trust that He won't say, "April Fools'!"
Put your guard down. Trust in the Lord. Believe His promises for you today.