Devotional Week 12. 2018
Week 12 Friday
March 23, 2018
“But now you number each of my steps.”
Job 14: 16
“The Man Who Never Leaves Us” Part 3
“It will greatly comfort you if you can see God’s hand in both your losses and your crosses.”
C. H. Spurgeon
What burden am I carrying right now that I long to turn over to God?
“Jesus did not say, ‘You will never have a rough passage, you will never be over-strained, you will never feel uncomfortable,’ but He did say, ‘You will never be overcome.’”
Julian of Norwich
“The Lord is the stronghold of my life.”
Psalm 27: 1
As we stood in the garden yesterday with Mary Magdalene, we recognized how Jesus never forgot where Mary came from. He, like no other, understood all the circumstances that surrounded Mary throughout her life. From the day she was conceived, she was part of His plan. He knew where she lived and how she grew up. We were also reminded by the Psalmist David, that God remembers this woman was born here, and that another woman was born somewhere else. He takes into consideration all the factors that make up our life.
Today, we will see that there’s even more God does for us.
As Mary stood alone in a garden weeping over what she thought she had lost, a figure appeared. Someone she surmised was a gardener. However, it was really Jesus.
For one brief moment, the Son of God came down to a garden to bring comfort to one of His sorrowing children, because He loved Mary. Jesus hadn’t forgotten what she had been through. What’s more, He would not leave her lonely and forgotten. He couldn’t return to Heaven and let her think He wouldn’t take care of her. Don’t you just love it!
As we find out later in the story, Jesus hadn’t been to heaven yet. He hadn’t even seen His Father. In John 20:17, Jesus told Mary, “I have not yet ascended to the Father.”
Stop and think about this for a minute. Jesus had been dragged to court like a common criminal. He had been scourged. He had been spit on. He had been mocked. He had been nailed to a cross. He had a spear jabbed in His side. He had died. He had been buried. And praise God, He had risen from the grave. All heaven was waiting for His return but He said, “Wait one minute. Somebody needs me – NOW! And I can’t leave her. She’s been through so much. She’s hurt so badly. She’s faced a lot in her life. She thinks she’s alone. What’s worse, she believes I’ve forgotten her. I can’t come home until she knows I will never leave her or forsake her. She has to know I care. She has to feel Me wipe away her tears. She has to know she can count on Me!”
So while the universe waited, Heaven’s Healer of broken hearts and broken bodies came to the side of Mary Magdalene. In fact, He had been there all the time, but in her inconsolable grief and through the blinding tears, Mary didn’t recognize Jesus. She couldn’t see Him. She didn’t know Him. Yet, He was right there beside her. He never forgot what she had been through and so the loving Healer stopped once more to touch the broken heart of one of His precious children.
Maybe today, like Mary Magdalene, you feel left alone in a garden. It is void of anyone who cares. You feel forgotten. Well, look around! There’s someone by your side. Don’t mistake Him for the gardener – because He is really your Comforter and Friend. Call out to Him – for He will answer you. He has promised He will never forget you and what you have been through. You have walked a rough path to get to the garden to see Him. For He has marked every step of you way. Why? Because He’s there with you. Even when you can’t hear His voice or feel His presence.
I love this beautiful prayer written by Edwina Gateley:
“In the crying of the wind,
oh, speak to me, my God,
for in my heart I cannot hear
the whisper of Your voice.
In the crashing of the water,
oh, speak to me, my God,
for in my soul I cannot feel
the flowing of Your grace.
Oh, speak to me, speak to me,
cry loud enough, my God.”
“If I alone might have all the solace and comfort of this world, and might use the delights of this world according to my own desire, it is certain that they would not long endure. And so, my soul cannot be fully comforted or perfectly refreshed, except in God alone, who is the Comforter of the poor in spirit and the Embracer of the humble and low in heart.”
Thomas á Kempis
“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?”
Jeremiah 8: 22
“There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sinsick soul.”
“Lord Jesus, when you walked among the hurt and lonely people
You looked at them with understanding,
and approached them with arms outstretched,
showing them that they were truly loved.
Come now, we pray, and touch all of us who are in pain and distress;
heal those of us who have stopped believing in ourselves,
comfort us when we are at the end of our tether,
and pour into our hearts the gentle balm of Your Spirit.”
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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