Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”
Written by: Michael Burgard
I love to challenge myself. It can be something as silly as getting all of the groceries into the house in one trip, or holding my breath every time I drive into a tunnel. It always seems I’m doing something to put myself to the test. About a month ago, I had been at work all day and arrived home after dark. I opened the front door and as I made my way inside, all I could see was the obliviousness of darkness. I tried using the memory of my house layout to get to the light switch across the room but ended up stumbling into almost everything in my path on my way to it.
As I read the passage above, I can only imagine the heartache the disciples were feeling. They had given up everything—left their families and jobs and traveled hundreds of miles away to be obedient to the teachings of Jesus. After all of that, they witnessed the Romans crucifying Jesus and He was now laid to rest in a tomb. They must have felt like they had lost everything they had sacrificed to follow this man who claimed to be God. About six months ago, I personally was going through a similar time where life went from a season of comfort and victory to a state of sadness and feeling like I was walking in complete darkness.
Whether your current season of life has been full of great celebrations and growth, or if it feels like you’re going through a time of not knowing what is next, know that God is with you in every season. It’s the seasons in our life that feel like everything is going in the opposite direction of where we originally intended that God is actually doing the most work in our faith and relationship with Him.
Thought of the day: Take steps to trust God in all the seasons of life, learning to trust Him knowing that no matter what your eyes see right now, He is good and faithful.
Prayer: God, I need You. I take a moment today to pause and say, “Come Holy Spirit.” I ask for Your help to reflect upon my heart this morning, allowing me to let You in on what I’m struggling with today. I ask to be overwhelmed with Your presence. Guide my heart and thoughts to stay close to Your word and love for me. Amen.