It's amazing how a little sunshine can make such a big difference. At this time of the year I'm so grateful for the early daffodils and the brave forsythia that show up even though it's not actually warm yet. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus just when nature all around us comes back to life. Even the birds are excited.
Recently, I've been reflecting on the truth that Jesus didn't just conquer sin and sickness, but death itself. He brings new life. So what holds me back from acting like I believe this? Why do I catch myself trying to preserve and defend myself. I try to defend my point of view, and guard my dignity. I also entertain worst case scenarios and dread. It's like my theology and my coping mechanisms don't always line up.
In John 11:40 Jesus says to Martha, "Didn't I tell you that if you will believe in me, you will see God unveil his power?" Martha had reservations about rolling away the stone from Lazarus' tomb because she thought it might stink. Jesus was gentle with her. He's like, "This is going to be good Martha, trust me." Like Martha, I have to continue to have my perspective changed. God wants to make all things new, and I'm afraid of a bad smell, or a mess, or making a fool out of myself. I believe Jesus is still saying, "...if you believe in me, you will see God unveil his power."
God want to demonstrate his power to us and through us. Rather than default to fear and defensiveness, I'm resolving to be better at asking him, "What are you saying, Jesus?" "What are you thinking about this?" "What would you like me to do about it?" I'm asking for an upgraded ability to follow through in what he tells me, even if he says, "Hold your tongue."
The Holy Spirit is committed to transforming us, to teach us to abide and to be brave. I'm praying the beauty of this spring season reminds us that Jesus bring new life and he's inviting us to do the same.