Sometimes getting to yes is as simple as letting go of no, and finding that each and every yes—however long it takes to get there—opens us to a life of abundance and blessing beyond anything we could have asked or imagined.
We need to learn again how to share the Good News, just as the disciples had to learn 2000 years ago. But we are not left comfortless.
According to Luke, (and as offered in this painting by Brian Whelan) it must have been a miraculous, stupefying sight for the disciples who reported witnessing Jesus leaving them for the heavens.
It is a wonder and a blessing that our Shepherd King keeps calling us—with a voice we can hear above our own bleating—but he does. He calls us not just into the sheepfold for our own protection but out of our self-focus, our self-interest, and our self-destruction into the one flock of abundant life.
Where do we find the road where Jesus is likely to show up and have a conversation with us about our salvation? How can we hope for a deeper relationship with our God—in moments that make our hearts burn within us?
Lee was whole and fully alive until he took his last breath, reminding so many of us what is important in life—not deadlines, appearance, competence, control, accomplishments or perfect health—but joy, patience, persistence, faith, compassion, gratitude, and wonder.
“Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” It was as if Jesus was saying that for us to be all in with him, we have to accept his servanthood, his sacrifice, his soon to be public death, his fulfillment of his Father’s will, his uncomfortable, inconvenient, unconventional, unconditional love. All or nothing.
I think of Holy Week each year as a kind of pilgrim’s path, where we set out each year with both longing and dread, to open ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually to the path that Jesus has set for us—the path of a life of self-sacrifice that he has shown us by walking it first.
He came into the world so that those that are blind may see and those that see may become blind.
“Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”