How Jesus came back to life matters almost as much as the fact that he did.
Jesus came back to life, he took his time to lovingly greet Mary, casually walk
with two persons who thought he was a stranger on the Emmaus Road, gracefully
address Thomas's doubts, and gently encourage and reassure Peter. There is
excitement in his return, but no hurry or strain. His resurrection is dripping
with grace as much as it is with glorious new possibility.
patient grace with which Jesus lived his transformation is a model for how we
may live ours. In a culture characterized by doing as much as we can as fast as
we can, to the point
of stressing out ourselves and those around us, how soul-easing it is to know that
personal transformation can have as much patience and
grace in it as challenge. Change filled with grace is in the spirit of the words attributed to Jesus in Matthew 11:28-29:
Come to me, all you that are
carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from
me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest in your souls.
reflects this notion of change at the pace of grace when he encourages us in
Romans 6:4 not to sprint or strive in the newness of life, but to "walk in the
newness of life.” As we walk in the newness of life, we are more likely to
stick to our transformation, to be less demanding and judgmental of ourselves
and others, and to savor and enjoy the change process as much as the change
we are willing, God is willing to transform us at the pace of grace.
God, As I suspect leaves and flowers enjoy their budding before full bloom,
inspire me to more fully notice, embrace, and enjoy Your unrushed sacred grace change
in me. Amen.