In light of Easter, I wanted to share with you a meditation I wrote for Yoga Bird last month.
The significance of the resurrection is so infinite – we can talk about the love of Jesus, the cost of sin, Jesus in our place, God’s power over death, the ultimate apologetic on which hinges the entirety of the Christian faith…
…but for me, this is where the rubber meets the road. The resurrection doesn’t just matter because it was miraculous. It matters because Jesus is alive. A dead god can’t help you any more than a box of rocks can. But a living God – a living God sees and loves and sustains. Easter is the biggest deal because a living God is the biggest deal.
“The days are uncertain, to be sure. When I think too long on Hollywood, or the beauty industry, or sex-trafficking, or congress, it is difficult to feel much of anything but despair. I can’t imagine anything more daunting than being asked to raise a girl in our culture – until I think of raising boys. And vice versa.
Then I realize that I believe Christ to be big enough for anybody, anywhere, no matter their plight or their hurt or their sin – but not big enough for me.
Not big enough for my parenting deficiency, not big enough for my immaturity, for my short-sightedness, for my brokenness and pride.
Of course he can redeem a life shattered by abuse.
Of course He can sustain through unimaginable loss.
Of course He can bring joy and peace to a life entrenched in the daily ache of poverty.
Of course He can lift the drug addict out of the pit, He can lift the alcoholic out of the mire, and set their feet on solid rock.
But me? And my kids? And my depressingly average, messed up life? I don’t know if He is big enough for that.
This is, of course, insanity. It is illogical and untrue, but I believe it – my worries betray me. My despair tattles.
“In what way am I damaging my children?” I wonder. “What will they say about me in therapy? Will they turn out okay, in these uncertain days? Will I?”
There is a song – a hymn – that I sang in a little Baptist church in Alabama. I sing it now, too. On almost every single one of these uncertain days:
“How sweet to hold a newborn baby
To feel the pride and joy he gives
But sweeter still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.
Because He lives I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
Life is worth the living just because He lives.”
Corrie Ten Boom said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” The days are uncertain, but God - God is certain. He is the most certain thing there ever was. He is the Rock of Ages. Immutable and unchanging and certain.
And He is for me.
He is alive, full of power and grace. His arm is not too short to save. He is for me, and this child can face uncertain days because He lives. Some days “this child” is my child, and some days it’s me. But here’s what I know – we can face uncertain days. Oh, what blessed power and hope! We can face uncertain days!
We can face uncertain days because He lives.”
(You can listen to the meditation here. My words have been put to original music, and every meditation includes a time of silence and reflection.)
Besides blog and books, I have a few other projects going, one of which is writing meditations like this one for Yoga Bird. Yoga Bird is a wellness website that offers on-demand yoga classes with Christian meditation. I first subscribed a few months ago and poked around the site for over an hour – there is a huge library of poses, beginner and advanced classes, quick office breaks, a blog, and a library full of meditations (which are nice for a quiet time too, if you want to switch things up).
If you want to go exploring, here is a coupon for 10 free days!
We can face uncertain days because He lives. Happy Easter.