I have mere minutes to sit and ponder and pour here today.
I wish I could really nestle in, make room, and lie around in this chapter a while with you but alas, this Monday here is brimming.
You all know I prefer a slower, calmer, peaceful way of things. But we all have days where the bustle can’t be avoided.
Please do read Colossians 3 in its entirety. You’ll swell with more growth from doing that, than reading any words I scratch out here. It’s short but stuffed. Every verse will guide, admonish, remind.
From the outset I knew I’d love this chapter. Verse one says “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” And verse two continues with, “Set your minds on things that are above…”
This scripture takes me to scripture.
A while back I posted a picture of a bedraggled piece of paper with the following etched across it…
“Taking her by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha cumi’, which means little girl I say to you arise. – Mark 5:41
If I were a painter of canvas I would throw a board on a stand and brush out for you the image I see in my mind when I read these two passages.
But I am a painter of words only, so I want to try and paint what I’m picturing through these sentences here. As I describe it, consider yourself in it all.
The art is dark in the background, like a Baroque, yet Christ is bright and kindly shining. Jesus, in all his purity and purpose, servanthood and kingship – is bending low with an upward, outstretched hand toward a girl who is flat out empty of any kind of real life. His face is warm, and strong, and serious, and adoring toward her. His kindness can’t be rejected, and his love can’t be denied, and his sincerity can’t be contested, so her hand timid yet certain, begins the journey to clasp up with his.
And she is healed.
She rises up, whole and steadfast, and her heart and mind are filled with Heaven.
Look at this passage and this picture as an invitation. He reaches out to each of us in this way. No one is too far, too gone, too dead, too empty, too old, or too lost for His invite.
And when we really get this, when we really grasp that it’s true what verse one of Colossians 3 says and what verse 41 of Mark 5 says – then we can take in, and accept, and respond with a nodding to the rest of Colossians 3, and to the love and life that Christ offers.
If your Monday allows it, take some time to reflect on these ideas and images. As I hustle and scoot, I’ll be praying that He reveals Himself to you intimately and personally, and that the results of it are profound.
Hugs all around. Back Thursday, friends.