North Highland United Methodist Church
Friday, November 27, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

April 2015

For five weeks we have been watching our metaphor for prayer otherwise known as an amaryllis, grow and blossom. The bulb did really surprise us as it brought forth two stems and seven blossoms! Double stems and more than four blossoms are a first for me, at least. Transformation from that dry, sad looking bulb and pathetic yellow stem is stunning.
New life, transformation and resurrection are more than the culmination of the season of Lent. They are those things that followers of Jesus embrace even in the dark and dry moments of life. In many places of life, we perhaps more often desire things to be restored to what they once were. Without realizing it we can become resistant to new possibilities, and are more comfortable holding on to what we knew. Have you heard the old joke that if you play a country song in reverse you get everything back? You get your car back, your gal or guy back, your truck back etc. Doesn’t it seem sometimes like we want God to be like that—just reverse everything and return things to what they used to be?
The author of our recent study “The God We Can Know” suggested it would be a disappointing faith to believe God is not able to do today what God did yesterday—to feel that God’s best blessings have already been dispensed! It’s easy for us to want certain things and times of life the way they used to be. We can overlook the joy of new possibilities.
It hardly seems possible to be a follower of Jesus and not believe in the possibility of transformation of lives, of spirits, of hearts and of minds. The core belief of the Christian faith is realized in Easter—in resurrection from death to life; in transformation. In possibilities of existence that even Jesus’ closest followers never imagined. Easter living invites us to believe that God works on both sides of the grave. In resurrection after death, and transformation and new possibilities while we are living. Do we trust in a God who transforms? Do we trust in God who brings new life and possibilities when it looks dry and bleak? Do we trust in God whose power over death brings resurrection? May we trust in the God who continues to create, re-create, transform and resurrect in this life and the life to come—in our own lives and in our life together as a church. God continues to be God. In the life of Jesus we know that all too often the best is yet to come!
Blessings and peace to all,
Pastor Lou