“Then go quickly and tell his disciples:
‘He has risen from the dead and
is going ahead of you into Galilee.
There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
What Galilee are you headed for next? Off to the store to pick up a few groceries? Over to your folks’ house for dinner? Doctor’s appointment? To a play date at the park with the neighbor’s kids?
Wherever your Galilee is, do you know that Jesus has already gone ahead of you and will meet you there? Did you hear that in the words the Angel said to the women at the tomb? That’s the good news of Jesus’ resurrection!
When the reality of that good news finally permeates our hearts, it changes the way we perceive things. We’re not just heading toward that situation with Jesus lagging behind. No. He’s already there preparing for our arrival. And while our intention all along was to do our best come what may, we won’t be relying on our own resources. We’ll be supported by HIS strength. Realizing that Jesus is preparing the way for us can make all the difference in the world.
This knowing can wake a plethora of possibilities in our Galilee experiences that wouldn’t have been there otherwise had we operated out of our own strength. It leaves our mind and heart open to think “outside the box” as we say. It gives us the opportunity to become curious, to wonder what could happen in each new place we arrive.
Could Jesus be creating another Easter story in our lives? How can we partner with him, with the Spirit to bring new life into our ordinary ones? New life filled with unexpected resurrection encounters like that of the women at the tomb… For just as the Angel promised them, the risen Jesus will go ahead of each of us into our own Galilees. Then when we recognize his presence in our situations, resurrection can happen — for us, and for those we meet, right in the midst of our ordinary lives.
That’s what it means to live as Easter people who are open to the Spirit of God…
Hudson tells us in his Daily Practice to watch expectantly as we travel to our next destination, to ask Jesus to help us discern what he is doing there and how we should respond with our harts, our words, and our actions.
Where are the Galilees in your life?