Christ defies 'shoe-drop' syndrome


A Little Moore
By John Moore
Director of Connectional Ministries

Over the years I have heard it said on many occasions, “I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop.” This expression describes our hesitation with something “too good to be true” or when something way out of the ordinary has happened. We enter the shoe-drop syndrome. We wait for a yet more extra-ordinary reality to set upon us.

It appears to me that the first Easter was a prime example of the shoe-drop syndrome. The women go to the tomb to perform the rituals of burial preparation, but the body is gone. They hasten to the disciples who have a foot race to the tomb to prove the women are mistaken.

My hunch is within a matter of minutes a whole lot of women and men were anticipating fearfully what might happen next. Even though Jesus had predicted resurrection, the idea was not on the radar that first Easter morning. The disciple band may well have run back faster than they had run to the tomb. They were looking for cover before the other shoe could drop.

We now know that Easter joy came in time. It came as the risen Christ appeared first to one and then another. It came with no strings attached. As we say to day, “It was a God thing.”

Worldly realities did not cease. The world was no less hostile, greedy, unloving, judgmental or biased than it had ever been. Yet, in the midst of this finite reality, the eternal reality of God acted and moved in the midst of those seized by God’s gift of faith.

Interestingly enough, even now, life as we know it seems so full of uncertainties. As one person has said, “We can be certain of one thing: life on this earthly plane will forever be uncertain.” It is no wonder that the shoe-drop syndrome is so prevalent.

Often, we Christians may find ourselves falling back into old fears. Yet, the promise of the risen Christ is to be with us. The promise is we have been raised with Christ; we are raised with Christ; and finally, we will be raised with Christ. It is our certainty in the midst of uncertainty. It is a joy that abides deep in our soul. It is a joy that defies all fear.

Hallelujah! Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.