Yesterday, I had the awesome privilege of visiting the National Art Museum in Washington, D.C. – such an amazing place! My dad loved art, so I grew up visiting art museums & galleries, hence my appreciation for art. The thing about art museums is that everything is on public display except for the back hallways, security systems & inner workings of the building. These areas are not available for public access, nor should they be. They are kept for the employees, for keeping the art safe & for maintaining a reasonable environment for the art to be enjoyed by the general public.
Seems to me that an art museum is kind of how our walk with the Holy Spirit should be. Our public life should be regulated by the Holy Spirit in our private world. We should allow the Holy Spirit total access into the hallways of our thoughts. We should allow the Holy Spirit to protect us from the harmful efforts of the devil & we should let the Holy Spirit display the life & love of Jesus through us to the world around us. Let’s be certain to give the Holy Spirit total access throughout our lives so that we display the life of Jesus in all of His glory!
The first person to whom Jesus appeared after His resurrection was Mary Magdalene. Mary seems to be an unlikely prospect for Jesus’
considering that He could’ve appeared to some “higher quality” folk. In Mark 16:9, we read about Mary, “He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.”
Why would Jesus pick a former lunatic chick to make His first appearance? Why not Peter, who denied Jesus but was clearly a leader among the disciples. Why not Mary, Jesus’ mom? Why not John, the disciple whose love for Jesus was noteworthy? Why this Mary Magdalene?
I totally love that Jesus first appeared to this woman. I love that Jesus picked the least likely person who had possibly been the most deranged & to her He revealed His resurrected self.
On our journey to Pentecost, let’s allow Jesus into the “crazy” places in our lives. Indeed, Jesus is our resurrected Prince of Peace, the One who calms the chaos & dispels the darkness.
My kids have some really awesome neighbor friends and we love this family heaps! Their kids and our kids are back and forth between our houses all the time. So their little girl just rang our doorbell to come over for awhile. I wasn’t expecting to see her because our garage doors are open and everyone normally just traipses through the garage, in and out, no formal doorbell ringing. I answered the door, saw our neighbor and said, “Hey honey, glad to have you here – next time, just come through the garage. No need to ring the doorbell.”
I think God is like that we us: Come on over because Jesus’ blood has already paved the way for you to have not merely religious access but moreso intimate connection to God’s house, family and kingdom. Come through the garage, enter through Jesus’ blood because God’s heart is eager to welcome you with arms wide open.
With some maternal encouragement (always the sports enthusiast that I am), my daughter decided to play soccer this Spring for the 1st time & she has really come to enjoy the experience. While her first game was absolutely traumatic, it’s been an awesome learning curve for both of us. Possibly her greatest take-away so far (we might be in the playoffs), is to not quit. There’s lots to say about that, but that’s her story 🙂
For me, probably the greatest take-away is to stay positive. My sideline role is to cheer, be encouraging, stay positive & upbeat, even when it seems discouraging. Another take-away that I TOTALLY love is that while I’m limited to a sideline role of cheering, the Holy Spirit in our lives doesn’t have to stay on the sidelines, but can have an active & integrated role in helping us with our daily living. Of course the Holy Spirit cheers for us, but let’s know that there’s lots more that the Holy Spirit can do in our lives, particularly when we let down our preconceptions, guards and boundaries 🙂
There’s something really cool about the term “back stage pass”. To me, it has this idea of exclusivity, seeing how things work, who the performers are when there’s no audience around & even kind of an intimate feeling. I’ve never had a back stage pass to a concert but it sounds kind of cool.
I’ve been thinking about this idea of a back stage pass & it seems to me that God would like “back stage” access to our lives – not just the public personae that we try to project. But more like the notion that God could have exclusive access to:
*the less obvious mechanics of our lives,
*any secret thoughts or struggles we may have
*the weak spots we may try to disguise in various ways
Let’s give God back stage access to all of our lives 😀