Me: (talking out loud, assuming my daughters are listening to every word I’m saying, smiling to myself because of how funny a dad I am.)
Me: That was pretty funny, eh?
Addie: Huh? No daddy, I was watching Megamind in my head!! (laughs again)
Me: (realizing I wasn’t the source of her laughter) Oh. Yeah. That’s a good movie. (she laughs again, eyes closed)
Our children are generally very impacted by the moment to moment forces of life. If we run out of milk, it’s a tragedy. If someone took my spot, the world is about to end. If our sucker falls on the ground and gets dirt stuck to it (and dad’s not around to wipe it off), it’s a time of mourning. But every once in a while, our kids are a great reminder that we are not slaves to the moment. We do not have to be controlled by whatever external forces or happenings are surrounding us.
It’s a message we hold fast to as followers of Christ also. We live in a time (very much like others before us) filled with uncertainty. Disease, weapons of mass destruction, drought, disasters, people who want to spread terror, and random acts of selfishness are happening on a daily basis. We are tempted on one side to be self-sufficient and hippie-like in our approach to this uncertainty. A pessimistic and apathetic approach that says, “whatever”. On the other side, we are urged to purchase “food insurance” and warned that a time is soon coming when the only survivors will be those who secured underground bunkers and farms in the middle of nowhere.
In the midst of all of this, we are living as Easter people. People who are called to announce to the world (even when it doesn’t seem to look like it), “JESUS IS LORD!” We are living examples of a life that isn’t chained up by the happenings of this world, but have been set free. Not simply free from worry, so that we can go on eating and drinking with an apathy for tomorrow. But freed from worry and TO HOPE that God has already begun to make all things new. Yes there are horrible things happening on a daily basis. But there have been pretty wonderful things happening as well. Beauty is all around us. People are loving. Healing is coming. New Life is being born on a daily basis. Resurrection is on the horizon. Heaven’s veil becomes thinner by the day, and will soon be lifted completely.
“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what it fears, or be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall regard as holy; let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. He will become a sanctuary, a stone one strikes against;” Isaiah 8:12-14a
And so, may we find our sanctuary this week in Christ. As the world gives us reason after reason to fill ourselves with anxiety and become slaves to fear – we laugh with our eyes closed. After all, we are remembering those beautiful moments of covenant. We are imagining what will be when the resurrection life of Easter flows out over all creation. Then we open our eyes, and live it out today…