presto chango

David Copperfield
Siegfried and Roy
Penn and Teller
Bullwinkle – “hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat”
famous…or not so famous…magicians

presto
chango

presto chango

the illusions…
the sleight of hand…
the mystery…
the…..magic

(*note: I am taking a little theological freedom with this thought)  – just warning you!

I think we can add one more name to the list of famous magicians…
no, He won’t be pulling anything out of a top hat
or waving a magic wand
or sawing someone in half
or pulling a quarter from your ear
…but

Jesus

is quite a transformation expert, isn’t He?

the
magic
of
Jesus

sometimes, that’s all the explanation that can be given

how dry bones dance?
or
how sin is forgotten?
or
how we enter this world?
or
how the ordinary are used extraordinarily?
or
how we can love each other?

the
magic
of
Jesus

HE
envelops, enfolds we who are burdened with great sorrow and despair
the brokenhearted

HE
frees those who are in bondage

HE
releases us (prisoners) from our darkness – our guilt, shame, disgust, the hidden places

HE
has compassion and relieves our grief and our yearning

HE
transforms our ashes, the things that we think aren’t worth anything into beauty

HE
turns our anguish into delight

HE
clothes us with hopefulness instead of pain

(see Isaiah 61:1-3)

the
magic
of
Jesus

presto
chango

poof!

for a long time, I thought that if my life didn’t change *POOF*
immediately, I was doing something wrong
not saying the right words
not praying in the right sequence
not reading the Bible enough
not trusting enough
not doing enough
enough
is enough

God is all about the process of transformation
He is all about the changing of the heart

He is all about Jesus

but, that doesn’t mean that *POOF*
we don’t have any responsibility or action

it’s all part of the magic!

the process
the journey
the growth
the maturity

easily, God could just have butterflies appear
*BAM*
here is a beautiful butterfly…and here is another…and another

but…
instead, there is a process
a caterpillar (not the most beautiful creature)…some ashes
that goes through a rather grueling process, if you think about it
to change, to metamorphose (big word, I know)
into beauty
—not exactly a glamorous processmetamorphosis-of-butterflies7

the
magic
of
Jesus

presto chango…so much easier, right??

but the end result…
the freedom
the trust
the joy
the comfort
the beauty

would all be lost without the progress of the transformation
the mystery that encompasses the process would be known
the result would be less meaningful – don’t you think?

I do think that sometimes I would rather God just wave a magic wand and make things happen
…but He doesn’t work that way
He chooses to work through us

presto chango!

it’s as simple and complicated as that!!

because of the magic of grace…

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