Arriving at the tomb they discovered that the huge stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside, so they went in to look. But the tomb was empty. The body of Jesus was gone! They stood there, stunned and perplexed. Suddenly two men in the dazzling white robes shining like lightening appeared above them. Terrified, the women fell to the ground on their faces. The in white said to them, “Why would you look for the living One in a tomb?” (TPT) He is not here, for he has risen!
One of the hardest spiritual disciplines is to practice being present with ourselves and with God. We look back, we look forward, we look all around. We find it hard to leave yesterday behind and enter into today. When I say “yesterday” I mean anything in the past, fairly recent or even far back.
The women were looking for Jesus where they had left Him. There is nothing wrong with that. But it was a fresh new day in more ways than one and the crucifixion was now in the past. Today was the first day of resurrection for these women. They had no idea what was waiting for them at the tomb.
Here we are in the 9th day of the resurrection. I don’t know about you but I’ve had a few distractions in breaking through into the joy of it all. Maybe I shouldn’t call them distractions. Maybe they are the preparation, the ground work for drawing my thirst up to the surface.
The Psalmist says that He thirsts for the living God in a dry and weary land. Paul says, “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” There’s a lot of loss around us right now, many dead hopes and dreams. We can’t just leap over them but if we could get in touch with our thirst…we will know joy in the drinking.
Bring Psalm 82 with you where you can run the water over your hands or have it read out loud from an app while you stand in the shower. Or read it out loud and drink a nice cold glass of water. Ask the Spirit to bring the thirst for the living God up above it all.
Listen to Dance With Me, sung by Gentile and Jewish artists from a rooftop in Jerusalem (heartcryofdavid.com) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEt6pEYKvbE
Though our winter is not past in the pandemic, we open ourselves to a living Jesus, who can give us living water. We open ourselves to the dance with Christ in the middle of it all. We are alive.
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