I am a mother, a wife, a writer, and an artist. I love to dance. I love to sing. I love theater, photography, and poetry.
As I continue on the path of finding balance, I find myself missing the woman that I used to be. I’m still strong and creative. I’m still a survivor and a fighter. I am determined. I am victorious. I am a daughter of the most high God. But…there is something missing.
While reading my Bible, I came across this passage: “…Jesus called out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.'” ~John 12:43-44
In this passage, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Having been dead for four days, it’s not surprising that Martha, Lazarus’ sister, cautions Jesus about approaching the body. It must have smelled horribly (see John 12:39)! Hmmmmm….Jesus showed up to resurrect her brother, but she warns him of the stench of what he might find? Doesn’t she know who Jesus is?
As I seek to resurrect the parts of me that have been dormant over the past 3 1/2 months–my worship, my prayer life, my private devotion, my ability to recognize God in any situation…–Will I be afraid to surrender those areas out of fear of the way they stink? Will I miss out on the opportunity to allow God to work in those areas because I am ashamed of how they look, or even how they might smell?
What about you? Are there areas of your life that you “hide” from God because you are ashamed of how they will be perceived? Let me let you in on a little secret: He already knows. I love that after Jesus raised Lazarus, he told the people to take the grave clothes off and let him go. I imagine that Jesus already knew that he had been wrapped in grave clothes. He already knew how bad he would smell after being dead for four days.
Perhaps there is a part of you that has been dead for days, months, or even years. Don’t be ashamed to give it to God and allow him to take the grave clothes off. Jesus knew the situation he was walking into, and I love that scripture doesn’t record him commenting on Lazarus’ condition. Jesus saw past the hopeless situation and brought life to it.
He is able to heal you from your past, deliver you from your hurtful experiences, and forgive you for all of your sin. He already knows how bad it is. The amazing thing about God is that he can love you through it. But you have to take the first step and respond to him. He’s calling you.
“(insert your name here), come out!”