A Shivering Lily

A lily shivered
at His passing,
supposing Him to be
the Gardener.
~Margaret D. Smith “Easter morning, yesterday”
from A Widening Light -Poems of the Incarnation

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”
None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?”
They knew it was the Lord.
John 21:12

It’s so easy to look and see what we pass through in this world, but we don’t. If you’re like me, you see so little. You see what you expect to see rather than what’s there.
~Frederick Buechner from The Remarkable Ordinary

It is too easy, by the next day, to let go of Easter — to slide back into the Monday routine, managing our best to get through each day, teeth gritted, as we have before.

We had been blinded by our grief, shivering in misery, thinking Him only the Gardener as He passed by. We just don’t pay attention to Who is right before us, always tending us – the new Adam, caring for a world desperate for rescue.

God knows this about us.  So He meets us for breakfast on Monday and every day thereafter and feeds us, a tangible and meaningful act of nourishing us in our most basic human needs though we’ve done nothing to deserve the gift. He cooks up fish on a beach at dawn and invites us to join Him, as if nothing extraordinary has just happened.

Just yesterday evening he reviewed His Word and broke bread in Emmaus, opening the eyes and hearts of those like us who failed to see Who this is walking beside them. This is no mere Gardener.

When He offers a meal of His Word, the gift is nothing less than Himself.


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