Day 38 | April 14
Day 38 | April 14 | Mark 16:1-8
By: Jana Burnham
Like my mother, the ladies in Mark 16 found themselves worried when Jesus was not where they expected Him to be. They fretted all the way to the tomb fearing the stone would separate them from Jesus. Instead, they found He was not where they expected Him to be. Jesus had better things to do than wait around at an empty tomb!
Despite their alarm and fear that Jesus was not where they expected, these ladies received an invitation to find Jesus elsewhere. Even though they were stunned, afraid, and not quite sure how to respond to this unexpected circumstance, they recognized that even in times of fear and doubt Jesus was to be trusted. So, they went where Jesus was.
We too expect Jesus to be in certain places – doing what we think He should do. And while we have the promise of the Holy Spirit to be with us (John 14:16), we can often overlook the invitation to go where Jesus is. To look for the spaces and places in our lives where He has moved ahead and is already working – calling us to join Him.
Maybe you find yourself frustrated because Jesus is not showing up. Or He is showing up, but not in the ways you expected. As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection, let us receive the invitation to join Jesus where HE is. Even in those moments when we are stunned, afraid, and not quite sure how to respond, let us look for Jesus where He is.
Thank you Jana for helping me to see Jesus where he is! (Inside of me!). Blessings on you and your family today!!
These are great words, Jana. I appreciate the reminder to go where He is, even when different from what I think!
“ To look for the spaces and places in our lives where He has moved ahead and is already working – calling us to join Him.” what a marvelous invitation, thank you Jana!
Such a good reminder! Thank you for sharing.