Let’s all think about our lives for a moment (yes… really… take like 5 minutes).
Most of us will be ready to say that there have been some major twists and turns that we couldn’t possibly foresee. Most of us will marvel at opportunities that arose that we never even dreamed about. Most of us will admit that things were tougher, murkier, and more difficult than we ever imagined.
When we think of living the life of faith… we are likely to look at it with the same simple inaccuracy that we look at the rest of life. We think the road of faith will be straight… but it is twisty and turny. We think we know what will happen next… and then it doesn’t (while other things we never thought of DO happen). We think it will be challenging but manageable… but then it seems impossible and confusing.
The first followers of Jesus really ‘hit the wall’ after he was executed (by crucifixion) and buried in a tomb. Talk about twisted, dark, and confusing! But then, Jesus reveals himself as ‘raised from the dead’… talk about an ‘opportunity’ no one expected.
In our Scripture reflection this week (John 20:11-18) Mary has her feet swept out from under her and firmly planted on a road she never could have foreseen:
(Jesus said to her after he appeared to her while she was grieving his death) “go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20:17-18)
Go… and tell, this was Mary’s NEW faith walk. Go and tell that Jesus who was DEAD is now ALIVE. Who would believe it (both back then and in every generation through until today).
Wherever we are in our lives of faith, chances are things are changing and we don’t know quite what to do about it… or quite what to believe. But, let’s all think about our lives for yet another moment (yes… really… take like 5 minutes AGAIN) and come face to face with the God who is making things change…
and calling US to embrace the twists, turns, opportunities, and confusion… knowing that there is a plan and purpose.
THAT embrace… is what we call FAITH