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Fear and Dread of the Easter Bunny

Easter God's Accessibility Self-examination

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-04-01

Scripture: Hebrews 10:22

Author: Barnett Gushin
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ILLUSTRATION

Have you ever noticed how many children are terrified of the Easter Bunny? Not those cute, little, furry bunnies in their Easter Baskets on Easter morning, but those giant, six-foot-tall variety with the giant ears and even gianter eyes—you know, the ones who roam the malls terrorizing innocent children, insisting on handing them a lollipop or posing for a picture. Even more than Santa himself (at least Santa is human!), the Easter bunny can strike fear and dread in the hearts of little ones.
 
Years ago, our own toddler son, upon taking one look at the humongous, harrowing hare, let out a blood-curdling scream, cried himself to sleep, and then slept with one eye open for days until he was sure all threat was gone. 
 
Just recently, I witnessed a slightly older boy take several rapid steps backward upon first sight of the bunny. “Come closer,” said the giant rabbit, “I have a treat for you.”
 
“No thanks,” replied the kid, “just toss it over here.”
 
He wasn’t going to take any chances!

APPLICATION

And what about Jesus? He looks safe enough as a baby in a manger. But it's a different matter when we catch our first good look at the Christ of Easter. The betrayal, the beating, the crucifixion, and even more intimidating, the message—we are all sinners in need of a Savior. 

It is at that moment that most take several quick steps backward, content to view Christ from afar.

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22).

Inside a Bubble of Protective Space

Intimacy God's Accessibility Seeker

Source: WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT YOU by Bernard Asbell, pp. 18-19

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-27

Scripture: James 4:8

Author: Bernard Asbel
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ILLUSTRATION

"You are chatting with a friend in a coffee shop," proposes Bernard Asbell:

If you are Americans chatting in a coffee shop in Gainesville, Florida, you probably touch each other twice an hour.

If you are English and chatting in a London coffee shop, you probably do not touch at all.

If you are French and chatting in a Parisian cafe, you touch each other 110 times an hour.

If you are Puerto Rican and chatting in a San Juan coffee shop, you touch each other 180 times an hour.*

"Each of us," says Asbell, "protects his feelings of safety and comfort by living in a 'bubble' of protective space that we unconsciously maintain around ourselves--'an area with an invisible boundary … into which intruders may not come,' says Robert Sommer, a leading researcher of 'personal space.' …

Anyone entering this buffer zone makes us feel jittery, particularly if the intruder is a stranger, and we hastily adjust our protective distance even as we carry on doing something else."

*Based on research by Sidney M. Jourard, "Touch" Study, 1966.

APPLICATION

In your relationship with God, with whom do you identify? Are you more like a Puerto Rican who reaches out to touch Him some three times a minute? Or are you more like a Brit who holds God at bay in your "bubble of protective space?"

"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you" (James 4:8, NASB).

Easier to Get to God's Throne Than My Desk

Listening Prayer God's Accessibility

Source: CHALKDUST: Prayer Meditations for Teachers by Elspeth Campbell Murphy

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-05-06

Scripture: James 1:19

Author: Barnett Gushin
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ILLUSTRATION

Else Campbell Murphy taught first graders for many years, and "thought that they taught her more than she taught them." In her book CHALKDUST: Prayer Meditations for Teachers, she offers a prayer for help in listening to the children who were always so eager to talk. She confessed it was easier "to get to God's throne than her desk" and asked God for "a heart that understands the importance of a new pair of shoes or a lost pencil." She "felt like a cheat" because she rejoiced in the privilege of knowing that the Lord of the universe listened to her, even though she had a hard time listening to the children. She concludes her prayer with these words: "And Father, thanks for listening." 
 
A former first-grade teacher, Elspeth Campbell Murphy is the author of over 100 books for children, including the Three Cousins Detective Club chapter book series. She holds an M.A.T. from Oakland University and was honored as a Distinguished Teacher of Reading by the International Reading Association.

APPLICATION

It is a humbling thing to realize that the God of the Universe has ears for the likes of us. Can we offer anything less than our ear to others who need so badly to be heard? Let's be sure to leave a "clear path" to our desk, to our listening hearts.
 
"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak …" (James 1:19).

From Shoebox To Showcase

Incarnation Experiencing God God's Accessibility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-24

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Distant Deity

Awe God's Accessibility Experiencing God

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2013-03-08

Scripture: Isaiah 66:1 ; Acts 7:49

Author: Fred Gates
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Angry? Call the Swearing Hotline!

Anger God's Accessibility Self-control

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-14

Scripture: Ephesians 4:26 ; James 1:19

Author: Chris Cottrell, REUTERS correspondent
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Holy Superhero, It's Batman to the Rescue

God's Accessibility Reconciliation Meditation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-12

Scripture: Galatians 4:4 ; Hebrews 2:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Daddy's In The House

Worship God's Accessibility God's Care

Contributed By: Victor Lane | Date Posted: 2012-08-04

Scripture: Psalms 122:1

Author: Victor Lane
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The Only Way to God

God's Accessibility Jesus, Savior Gospel

Contributed By: Rito Jr. Saquing | Date Posted: 2012-06-30

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Rito Jr. Saquing
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Who's Not Listening?

Prayer God's Accessibility Listening

Contributed By: Tom Halloran | Date Posted: 2012-06-08

Author: Tom Halloran
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