This quote from George A Maloney, in our Lent study book "Praying in a Noisy World," reminds us of not only our mindset as we come before God, but also God's mindset about us.
We are told that we have the potential to be a new creature, transformed and able to live in the truth. The Heavenly Father has always been able to see who we are completely, and knows this about us. And as we die to the old self and a new self comes about, we will experience a sense of freedom. Through the presence of the Holy Spirit, we will have a complete abandonment of our own agenda and wills, and a childlike trust in God. Isn't it amazing what God can do with a willing heart?
Considering who God is and who we are, this is a humbling experience. God can see more potential in our own selves than we can. We might see our faults and failings, but God sees our gifts and talents. We might see mistakes in relationships and marks on our heart, but God sees a work in progress that is becoming a masterpiece. We might see broken-ness or despair, but God sees healing and hope. What new life this kind of thinking like God could bring!
Our Scripture passage this week is on the story of Lazarus, the man who Jesus raises from the dead. I love the image of Lazarus walking out of the tomb with his bandages hanging off of him. There is a sense of ripping off that which binds our physical, emotional or spiritual wounds and walking with confidence toward Jesus. I imagine that is the childlike trust and freedom that is spoken of.
So perhaps it is a good week in our Lenten journey to rip off those bandages, and begin to walk with confidence and freedom toward Jesus, the one who knows us completely and can bring new life.
Blessings in your Lenten journey,