Spring Revival: A Playlist
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in
him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. — John
Even with the COVID-19 tragedy going on,
there is still something to give praise about; there is still something to hope
for. Revival is in store for us this spring; in fact, it is already happening
all around us. We only have to see.
We cannot be swept under by waves of fear.
As we enter the midst of spring this April, flowers blooming brightly on
trees, filling the air with aromas fresh and calming; as we greet the vibrant
grass under our feet and the sun shining brightly into our Spirit, we know that
it is God doing His singular work
again. No one can do what He does, and no
one is like Him. In the midst of spring, we are offered so much to be
Even amidst the sicknesses going around, there is good to be found. We
must continue to find solace and home in the springtime of our hearts – the
strength of our being. Listen to this playlist and allow yourself to be
encouraged and to shake off the sounds of the world, instead exchanging them
for the sounds of eternal praise.
So, what am I talking about? Revival is
when a dead thing comes to life. Lazarus was revived. Dead trees in the winter
are revived. Revival is the result of something disconnected, seemingly
irreversibly so, from the vine of life ‒ Jesus ‒ successfully closing the
distance between itself and Source. And coming alive again.
We have to disconnect. We have to stop
believing everything the media tells us. We have to understand that there is
more that lies beyond our understanding and certainly much more beyond our
fear. We have to start realizing that to be a friend of the world is to be an
enemy of God, allowing our minds to be renewed by the reality of the beauty
that unfolds before us on a regular basis. That is how our own revival can take
place: to repent, think differently in
mind and heart about our reality and begin to embrace limitlessness.
One passage describes this situation
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to
the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man,
“by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you
believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and
said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit
of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man
came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and
let him go.”
A lot happened before this, so
you should go back and read all of it, asking for understanding and instruction
in it. Jesus wept, one of only two times he does so in the Bible. He returned
to the place where Lazarus died so that God could show new work. God was
pleased in the creation of His Son, the Word who’d always been with God since
the beginning and shew forth his good nature in Him, and everything He did
thenceforth from his birth was for his good, and ours, by extension. The second
verse is this,
So do not fear,
for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right
hand. — Isaiah 41:10
This is the goal of revival: to be upheld by God. To shake off fear, to
embrace faith, the Holy connection we have between ourselves and God, from
Spirit to Spirit. The part of us that seeks revival, turning away from the dead
things within ourselves and towards the renewal of hope in our lives, turning
away from sin and being granted forgiveness, is God acting in us to be
reconciled to Himself. We are His children. The part that calls out to God in
us is really God in us.
Although this verse does not explicitly say the word “revival” or
“revive,” it is the hope of revival. It is the viv- in the word, the Latin root meaning to live. Re-vive: to live again.
- John 11:38-44 in the New International Version (NIV).