According to Twitter, March is one of the happiest months of the year. I think it’s because it’s the time when you finally begin to see signs of spring. The daffodils bloom. The days get longer. You see the light at the end of the tunnel. What a relief, you’re going to make it!
Here in Auburn, the March days have been so nice that it’s almost criminal. Could it have been getting dark at 4:30 only a couple of months ago? Now it’s in the 60’s and sunny and beautiful. With daylight savings time, the gorgeous days go on and on. In contrast to the dark and cold we’ve been experiencing, it seems like utopia.
And on top of all of that, Mike and Marge are coming to lead our church. We’ll have permanent leaders! How much better could it get?
Then, in the midst of this perfection, cracks started to appear. People I’ve been reaching out to walked away, friendships I’ve been building collapsed. Events didn’t turn out the way I’d planned. I begin to worry about potential dark clouds on the horizon — things that could go wrong with the future.
No matter how good it gets, I’m still a scared little child on the inside, feeling insufficient against the howling winds of the world.
That’s why it’s great that I have something more. When I feel inadequate, Christ gives me his own righteousness, wraps me in it like a comforting cloak, giving me his entrance card into the Divine Family.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (II Cor 5:21)
It’s so uncanny how God works. My computer wouldn’t come up yesterday morning, so I spent extra time in prayer. The verse above was the magical passage that came to me as I was praying. It was just what I needed to help me deal with my inner struggles. Then, when I went to church, what did Jake preach about, but the same thing that came to me in prayer!
Jake defined righteousness as this, “the state of him who is as he ought to be; the condition acceptable to God.”
So when Christ makes us righteous, we become what we ought to be in order to be acceptable to God. This is a state we can never achieve on our own. No matter how many good things we do, how many “gold stars’ we collect on our spiritual chart, we will still fall short.
But, “Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.” (I Cor 1:30) Paul described it as, “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ (Phil 3:9)
I will always be that scared child in the storm. I fear that people will see that’s what I am, and it will be like the villagers who laughed at the emperor who had no clothes. “She’s not that impressive!” they will say.
But just like my husband puts his coat around me when I don’t have one, Jesus covers my naked faults with his righteousness. I don’t ever have to feel inadequate, or ashamed.
And I don’t tweet, but the way I live my life is like a tweet to those around me. No matter what happens, good or bad, winter or spring, I can send the message, “I am happy.”