Good morning all! The sun is shining here! Hope all is well there!
Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5 The Message
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.
This morning I am feeling it. Are you? I am starting to feel like this Lent thing is a long time! We are a few weeks in with just 2.5 more weeks to go and I am already thinking that I might be ready for Easter to appear. I know that we have a little ways to go but my goodness….I woke up this morning, sat in front of the computer and stared at it. I mean, with Advent it is four weeks and then we are to Christmas but Lent just seems so much looonnnger. Why the impatience, you ask? Maybe it’s because I have really just begun the journey. Maybe I am just yearning for new life. But maybe there is a bit of yearning for what I believe is already there…new life inside of us. Our seasons are changing which causes me to shift and move. Around here daffodils are blooming and things are starting to grow again. This causes my antsy factors to go way up.
This is the moment it really begins then, doesn’t it? Before, Lent had a bit of novelty to it. Now I am tired of it and it just keeps going. When I look past the giving up or taking on….when I get tired of the novelty of Lent and what it does for our communties…well, now I am dwelling. I am really having to wander through the wilderness. 40 days…that is a long time to wander. Although there are some of us in the conversation who wander a lot longer and have wandered for much of the time before. They are the ones who are really ready for answers, direction, life giving words.
Our Corinthians passage gives us hope in the midst of getting tired of wandering. Corinthians lets us know that there is a seed of hope within, a piece of the kingdom, already present. God is already making new life. We should be feeling it by now because we are antsy for its arrival. In the long days, take heart that our bodies contain pieces of God already and that there is more new life to come. Buddha put it this way, “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” We have a new day ahead of us. Where will we wander and continue our Lenten journey?
And in the meantime, dear reader, I hope I still have a few more things to say in our remaining days in this journey together….