A week or so ago, as I was puttering around at home one evening and reflecting on how much my life has changed and how very good it is, the thought materialized in my mind and resonated in my heart that I am “a life resurrected.” You have to know my story…where I have been, what I have come through in the last several years and where I am now to truly get that. But, suffice it to say that I was born, then born again, then died an agonizing death to myself and to things from the past and am now truly living “a life resurrected.” I have been given another chance ever since I got my back surgery, I feel better then ever. This laser spine surgery really fixed me up right away and now I’m able to do things I couldn’t handle because of the pain.

It occurs to me, even as I sit here and type, that I am much like Lazarus and that my story is similar to his in John 11. You see, I was dead…some things from the past had killed my heart, ravaged my soul, snuffed out my spirit and buried me lifelessly in a dark tomb…and like He did in Lazarus’ case, Jesus took awhile to come and to heal and to call me back to life again. For me he delayed coming for more like 40 years instead of just four days. I don’t know why but I have learned that His timing is always perfect and that He has a vision and perspective far larger and broader than mine.

Like Lazarus, I had brothers and sisters who sent word to Jesus that I was sick, who waited patiently and expectantly for Him to come, who were grieved over His delay but were grateful when He came and believed unswervingly in His love and power. Like Lazarus, Jesus wept over my wounds and the death they had brought to my heart, soul and spirit. And like Lazarus, He commanded others around me to “remove the stone” and He called me out of the dark tomb that held me captive and He again commanded others “to unbind and let me go.” Like Lazarus, Jesus did it ALL but he called others to play a role in my freedom and healing. You see, it was a joint effort…Him, me and them. That’s how “a life resurrected” happens. It’s not a solo act.

And I dare to say, like in Lazarus’ story, that others have believed and been strengthened by their role in and through what they witnessed of my resurrection to life again. You see, that is how it works…we pray, we cry, we wait, we listen, we obey, we participate, we see, we believe, we rejoice, we are strengthened and encouraged. “A life resurrected” is a marvelous and miraculous thing initiated by our Savior and it involves and touches us all. It’s not a solo act.

So, I am living “a life resurrected” and I am grateful for the One who came at the perfect time and orchestrated it all and for those who shared in the ministry of my resurrection.

And now, I walk in the great adventure and the irrepressible joy of being a “cast member” in the story of others and their call to “a life resurrected”, as well. Yes, indeed, I am “a life resurrected.” And it’s not a solo act. It’s never a solo act. To Him be the glory…

5 Comments to “A Life Resurrected…”

  1. Gwen says:

    THANIS SO MUCH for sharing this with us. A great reminder that it’s only because of Jesus!!!

  2. Vernon says:

    Diana – this is a beautiful example of scripture applied today. Thank you for sharing it. And thank you for letting us walk this great adventure with you!

  3. Monica says:

    Yes you are, dear Diana! Your life encourages me whenever I think of you. God is good and His love for you is written all over your face and your story. Thanks for posting of His work in your life.

  4. Susan says:

    I look forward to reading more of your articles and posts in the future, so I’ve bookmarked your blog. When I see good quality content, I like to share it with others. So I’ve created a backlink to your site. Thank you!…

  5. Irma says:

    You have truly inspired me to abandon myself to God’s will. His plan is always better. You are a testimony of his grace and love. I just finished reading Lazarus’ story. Something new caught my eye. Jesus gave him life but told others to “Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go” (AMP). And so as you say, it is not a solo act. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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