Five Minute Friday time! Every Friday Kate Motaung hosts a 5-minute free write or type at her home in cyberspace. Today's prompt is... Surprise!!!!!
Surprises come in a literally countless superabundance of shapes, forms, and means. We excitedly welcome some surprises, cannot welcome others. Then there are those surprises we actually expect to happen—though how is that a real astonishment? We've been journeying through the liturgical season of Lent; this coming Sunday is Lent 6, typically observed as both Palm and Passion Sunday. Palm/Passion Sunday again signals Jesus and the church approaching the Holy City Jerusalem, drawing nearer to the cross that ultimately replaces the Jerusalem Temple as the axis mundi between earth and heaven. If Friday's coming, Sunday's not far behind! It still surprises me that as Christians we think we know the "rest of the story." We firmly trust we've been to the ninth hour of Friday, grieved through the abandonment of Saturday, and been surprised at the empty grave of resurrection Sunday dawn. We know how tides that always return to the lone bare shore, flowers that burst into bloom from the ashes of a wildfire form valid models of resurrection without quite approaching the real thing—yet... new life always surprises us. We haven't exactly been to that new dawn before; God hasn't done that particular surprise in our life at any other time. At all. Easter's on the way! Another surprise coming soon!