It was still dark out as the three women hurried down the winding pathway. Each was carrying an alabaster box of precious ointments. Beams of moonlight streamed through the olive trees making just enough light for them to see. Among themselves they whispered, “…Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?” (Mark 16:3). But when they arrived at the tomb the stone had already been rolled away. Their first thought was that someone had stolen the body of their Lord. Overwhelmed with grief, the other two women left, but Mary Magdalene stayed. She stood alone outside the sepulchre weeping, and as she wept, she stooped down and looked inside the tomb and there she saw, “two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.” (John 20:12). “And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?” And she said, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.” (John 20:13). Then she turned around and there was Jesus standing beside her, but she did not recognize him. “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?” (John 20:15). Supposing him to be the gardener she said, “Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.” (John 20:15). “Then Jesus said unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” (John 20:16). Jesus comes to us in our darkest time of need and says our name. When we hear his voice we need to turn and look at Him and say, Rabboni, Master.
Thought for Today: “The soul that hears Christ’s voice, and is turned to him, calls him, with joy and triumph, my Master.” (Matthew Henry).
Sunday, April 1, 2001 5:10 a.m.
I’ve come to realize why I don’t like to have music on while I’m alone in the house or driving in the car. It’s because I’m constantly talking to God. It’s like He’s my constant companion, my bosom-buddy. I understand Hebrew 13:5 more fully where Jesus, himself, said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He can’t ever leave me because He lives inside my heart. I can feel His presence. I talk to Him all the time. It’s like I have my own invisible friend I’m always discussing things with. Sometimes I talk out loud to him, which I’m trying to stop because people think I’m talking to myself, but I’m not. Sometimes I hug myself, but I’m not hugging myself, I’m hugging Jesus who lives inside me. It is such a comfort to have a best friend like this. A friend who loves me, cares for me and keeps me from evil. A friend who knows my every thought even before I say it. A friend who understand me better than I understand myself. I find myself thanking Him for everything, even a parking place. How wonderful to have a friend like Jesus.
Thought for Today: “What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.” (Joseph M. Scriven 1819 -1886).
Sunday, January 4, 1998 12:00 Midnight
Dear Jesus, I’m so glad that I can talk to you at any time of the day or night. I don’t have to wait till morning. I don’t have to make an appointment, or wait in line. I can talk to you anytime all day long. I’m so glad that you live inside my heart and you can hear my every thought, even thoughts that I don’t realize are in my mind. Jesus, you are such a dear friend. You are my constant companion, closer than a brother. You lift me up when I am down, and comfort me when I am sad. You give me courage to go on when I want to turn back. You give me strength to get up each day and face life anew. Lord Jesus, I wouldn’t want to live if I didn’t have you. I love the verse in scripture where it speaks about God’s wings. O’ how I long to be under the shadow of thy wings. There is just something about that thought that makes me feel safe and secure. Hold me Lord, shelter me, for I am weak and afraid. I put my trust in thee, and thee alone. Fold your wings around me and protect me from the storm. I come willingly, as a baby chick to the mother hen. Under the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust” (Psalm 91:4).
Thought for Today: “What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer” (Joseph M. Scriven).
I need a lot of training, molding and being worked on. In choir I butted in place in order to sit beside my friend. I shouldn’t have done that. I should have just sat where there was an empty seat. Why do I always think that I should be treated special and be given special privileges? Lord, help me to be more humble and kind, and not always just thinking of myself. When Jesus walked into a banquet hall He never sat in the choice seat, but He sat in the lowest seat. Luke 14:10 says, “When thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, friend go up higher…” By His example Jesus is teaching us how to act when we are in the company of our friends and other people. He is giving us a lesson in humility. He is showing us that those who take the lowest seat often gain the respect of others, where those who take the highest seat may be put down. Jesus is warning us not to be high-minded, but to be content with the lower things in life. “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased: and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). Lord, instead of thinking people should give place to me, help me give place to others. Help me minister unto others, instead of always wanting to be ministered unto. Help me be friendly to others first, instead of waiting for others to be friendly first to me. Help me have a selfless spirit willing to give, instead of a selfish spirit always wanting to get. Help me not to seek my own honor, but rather seek to honor God. Help me learn the lesson of a servant, “And Jesus took a towel.”