“The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?”
It’s finally happened.
The annual spring sing-a-thon.
It only happens, you see, when the frogs come back to life.
Okay, so they weren’t technically dead. They were hibernating. But given the fact that these amazingly resilient critters freeze solid into a bunch of frogsicles for months at a time, it really feels like a resurrection party.
And quite a party it is!
The ice has barely melted off that dugout. The water can’t be more than a degree or two above freezing. And there they are – hanging out all splayed out in the sun at the top of the water, singing at the top of their lungs.
I love it.
I wait every spring for the frogs to come alive. It is just such a quintessential prairie sign of spring. And besides the songs (which are adorable) and the fact that all of these bug-eyed songsters are unquestionably happy (wouldn’t you be happy if you woke up after a long winter’s ice fest?), the fact that they are heralding the changing of the guard and welcoming spring just takes the cake.
And you and I can join the celebrations – legit.
I mean, because if our faith in Jesus, we have come back to life, too. Before we meet Jesus, our bodies are awake – but our spirits are dead. Sleeping in a frozen state, so to speak. We aren’t truly fully alive until Jesus takes charge and wakes us up, stirs our hearts, makes us aware that a whole other world is right at our fingertips.
See, the women who found Jesus alive after they had seen Him thoroughly butchered were the very first to experience what those frogs must feel when the glucose mixture in their bloodstream stirs and starts its work. This natural antifreeze floods the frog’s system and keeps its cells from exploding as it thaws. Jesus was the first to ‘wake up’ – and we too follow in His spiritual footsteps when we accept Him as Saviour and start the process of coming to life.
It isn’t a predictable process, this coming to life.
Sometimes it happens in a whole big chunk. Sometimes it dribbles in sections. Sometimes there are stubborn places that refuse to come awake without really intense work. But the point is – Jesus is in the business of thawing folks.
And it’s a glorious thing.
I love seeing the places where I used to be dead being stirred, revived, healed. I am amazed at how much has already been resurrected.
Yes, there’s a long way to go. I still need reminders to live out of my new freedom, my new abundant life. But oh, the changes!
Like frogs singing after a winter of grim and fierce cold and darkness.
Continue to walk with Jesus and come back to life with me?
Father, thank You for Your resurrection power – it first brought Jesus back from the dead, and now it works in us to produce life and light in our hearts! Continue the process of bringing us into spiritual vibrancy. Amen.