Almost from the time we are born we are pushed and prodded to “grow-up”. Parents wonder when we will say our first words, take our first steps, put on our shoes for ourselves, get our own breakfast . . . and on and on and on. It even gets to the point where we may be scolded “When are you going to grow up!” The world around us seems bent on pressuring us to mature and become a contributing citizen of our society. But along the way if we are not careful all this pressure can lead us to a place where we have lost the ability to imagine, dream, wonder and explore. Essentially it leads us to a place where God has become a word in our Bible rather than the all creative presence at work in our life and unfolding “wonder” in our world. I like the way William Wordsworth says it:
There was a time when meadow grove and stream,
The earth and every common sight
To me did seem
Appareled in celestial light.
The glory and freshness of a dream.
It is now as it hath been of yore.
Turn whereso’ere I may,
By night or day,
The light which I have seen
I now can see no more.
When we cannot see His wonder anymore we are apt to live accordingly. Which means we are apt to live more in line with what culture and society tell us, rather than to dream of a world where God is breaking through, transforming, bringing to light, loving to greatness and at the center of who we are. Jesus came not simply to die on a Cross, He came to die and let His resurrection from the dead change the world and burst forth each day in our lives and in our world. This means that we can actually make decisions and trust beyond what the cold hard facts of the world tell us.
|Italian artist Caravaggio from the year 1603 titled "Doubting Thomas":|
So in what way today will you step out, reach out and touch resurrection, life that you never thought possible. Jesus isn’t telling us to “Grow up!”, He is telling us to “Grow into” Him. “Come, touch, believe!”