I heard a powerful song on the radio the other day called Glorious Day by Passion.
It starts like this:
"I was buried beneath my shame
Who could carry that kind of weight
It was my tomb
Til I met You
I was breathing, but not alive
All my failures I tried to hide
It was my tomb
Til I met You."
Boy, I tell you what...I can relate to these lyrics. Now I know the writers and performers of this song are sharing what life was like BEFORE they came to know Christ as their Savior. But you know what? There are times that I feel like I am living in a tomb built of my failures and shame even now.
And I think, "Jesus, I have met you! I have made you Lord of my life! Why am still buried under the weight of my sin and struggles?
"You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day!"
The Lord answered, "Amy, YOU have to run out of the grave! I've called you...I've saved you...now YOU need to act."
John 11:43-44 "When He (Jesus) had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
Can you imagine what would have happened if Lazarus, the resurrected man in these verses, had not come out when Jesus called his name? What if he was too comfortable or complacent to get up and live again? What if he was too scared to be alive?
But for so many Christ-followers, this is exactly what we do. We stay IN the grave after He has called us out! It's somehow too much work to get up out of the pit of regrets, hurts and illnesses and leave the tomb to allow Jesus to unbind us from what has kept us trapped!
What if Lazarus had just peeked his head out the door...and, you know, inched his way out...afraid to open his eyes to see the light of the glorious day and the face of his wonderful Savior?
When it comes to getting in the water, I am a one-toe-at-a-time kinda girl. It takes me about half an hour to get ankle deep, at which time I am usually ready to retreat to the safety and warmth of my beach towel.
I am often like this with my struggles, too. I try to give my fear, my guilt, my pain to the Lord one step at a time. And it's two steps forward, two steps back into the grave.
But I hear the Lord call my name! "Don't stay!" He says. "Don't creep! Just RUN!"
So I run out of the the grave!
"When I was broken
You were my healing
Your love is the air that I'm breathing
I have a future
My eyes are open
Cause when you called my name
I ran out of that grave!"