Tuesday, April 29, 2014

the Lazarus Experiment Day 2

Devo Day 2
You don't have to wait.
In the story about Lazarus' death-changing experience, waiting is a central theme. The air is thick with it.
Jesus is contacted to come to the aid of his friend, since he is on his deathbed. The family knows that Jesus can stop that morbid process. But Jesus hangs back. Tension builds.
Jesus finally makes his way to Bethany, but it's too late. Lazarus is dead. And the implication is that Jesus is at fault. Martha meets Jesus on the road to tell him the news, and to inquire - gently - about his tardiness. Jesus tells Martha that her brother, Laz,will rise again.
"I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Martha affirmed truth. It's nice to hope. Good to have something to get us through the dark times, the dead zones. It doesn't stop the mourning, but it may dull the sting.
But . . .
Jesus does not intend for Martha to wait. He does not intend for Lazarus, his dear friend, to languish in death. Jesus intends to shout into the nether-regions and bring Laz out. Not then, not in the sweet-by-and-by. Not "on the last day." Now. NOW. RIGHT NOW!
II Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
You don't have to wait.
Suggested Scripture For Today: Psalm 30
Suggested Ideas:
1. Take a walk in the rain.
2. Hold someone's hand for an almost inappropriately long time.
3. Print out, cut out, and hand out the Lazarus Cards in the attached file. They're great to let people know what you're doing in the next four weeks.
4. Message five people who you don't contact very often and tell them something great about them.
Hope your day is alive.

My Day 2

Day 2 has been dfifficult. As I mentioned in Day one, my bestie passed over on 3/28. On Saturday 4/12 my backdoor neighbor suddenly passed away (turned out to be a torn aorta  ). Today, despite the fact I've never met this lady, only spoken hellos over the fences, I offered myself to her and gave her a card. I told her even if it was to just talk, to cry, to scream, to just be still, I was here. It's simply horrific to wake up one day and suddenly everything you knew in your world is upside down and forever changed without your permission or consent.
Bless her, she was genuine and sweet and said, "thank you, I just might."
I hope she does.

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