Today is the Saturday after Good Friday and the day before Easter. It’s a kind of “not yet” place on the Christian calendar. We don’t commemorate the death of Jesus today and we don’t celebrate His rising either. Today is the “in-between” day.
I feel like my life is a little like that these days…like I’m somewhere in between the death and the rising. I’m not who I used to be, but I’m not who I’m meant to be either. Seems I’m ever searching for the right thing to do and the correct path to take. It’s as if I’ve walked into a spider’s web of doubt and uncertainty. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to pick all of it off. For all of my frantic activity, I don’t seem to be going anywhere.
I know that I belong to Him. There’s truly no doubt on that topic. I know that I am securely held in His love and grace. And yet, I have this heavy sense that I’m not really living…that I haven’t really, whole-heartedly risen to the calling He has on my life.
That calling is the same one each of us has as Christians: the call to live as a new creation…to put off the old and put on the new. I have a hard time with that part. I wish I didn’t. I know people who seem to fully embrace all that salvation in Jesus offers. They live unencumbered by their pasts and see a future full of promise. They don’t seem to doubt that when Jesus says, “Come to me,” He’s talking to them.
I think the key in being set free lies in where my mind resides.
What am I thinking about? What am I believing about myself and about Jesus? The Bible teaches us in Philippians 4 to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Pretty sure I don’t spend enough time in those categories. Thinking that if I did, the web would dissolve somehow or at least be less sticky.
Maybe that’s what I’ll write about on this blog. Maybe in writing about life and the many shades of God’s mercy and grace I experience, I’ll begin to unweave the spider web that holds me captive from time to time. Jesus never has struck me as someone who applauds captivity. After all, the one He sets free is free indeed (John 8:36).