Devotional Week 13, 2018 Tuesday
Week 13 Tuesday
Marcy 27, 2018
“Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Luke 12: 32
“The Man Who Never Leaves Us” Part 5
“Whenever I hear about Christ as Savior it appears that He saves us from sin – and I don’t wish to deny that – but in my experience He does more than that; He releases us from fear, and I think fear is the great killer.”
What do I fear most in my life?
Will I give this fear to Jesus?
“Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered and no one was there.”
“F.E.A.R. – False Evidence Appearing Real.”
Our question today is: “What is your greatest fear?”
We all have things we fear. Last night at dinner my brave uncle who has flown his own plane thousands of miles around the world, confided to me that he has a fear of heights, not in a plane, but in a building. “After the 10th floor, I don’t like being in tall buildings,” he said. Then he proceeded to relate several experiences where he was in skyscrapers and felt them moving back and forth in the wind. He didn’t like the feeling at all.
If we all made a list of things we feared, there would be many different things on each list, however, I have found one fear that appears to be common among all of us – it is the fear of being forgotten and alone. This certainly was Mary’s great fear. A fear she ran into – head-on—in a garden where she found an empty tomb.
I think we can all relate to this fear. You think no one cares about you. No one remembers you. No one knows who you are. No one even knows your name.
This is what happened to Mary Magdalene in the garden. She thought Jesus had forgotten her. He had left town without looking back. Now her lifeline was gone. She had been abandoned.
As Mary sobbed, a gardener walked up to her. At least that was who Mary thought Jesus was. “Where have they taken Him,” Mary cried out.
Then something so wonderful happened, I find myself overcome with emotion every time I read this story. The man in the garden said one thing. He spoke one word, “Mary.”
Jesus spoke Mary’s name. The word she wanted to hear more than anything else. She had not been forgotten. Jesus made certain of that.
I understand this story so well because my dad had a name for me. From the time I was a child, he called me, “Dorothy-girl.” And I always called him, “Daddy-boy.” Even into adulthood. My friends found it amusing and cute. Some of my college friends, to the day my father died, called him “Daddy-boy”, too. These were special names.
Since my father’s sudden death over 20 years ago, the thing I long to hear more than any other is for the sweet, kind voice of “Daddy-boy” to call out to me, “Dorothy-girl.” I’ll never forget how it sounded. I’ll never forget the love that embraced me when my dad spoke those words.
This is how Mary Magdalene felt when a familiar, loving voice spoke in the silent morning – “Mary.” In an instant, all fear left Mary. She knew she was not forgotten and what’s more, she knew she would never be left alone.
Don’t you love the way Jesus confronts the tough areas of our lives. He’ll stand up to the fears we have and with His presence and love, He’ll melt away our despair, pain, and yes, our fear.
There’s a story of Jesus walking across the water toward a boat filled with frightened, fearful men. His disciples thought a ghost was headed their way. But a familiar voice called out, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14: 27, K.J.V.).
When the “It is I” is present in our lives, we have nothing to fear ever—at all!
That’s what Mary Magdalene found out in the early morning hours in a garden by an empty tomb. That tomb is still empty with a message for you and me from Jesus, “I conquered the unconquerable. I conquered death. Trust Me! It is I! I will conquer all that brings fear to your heart, too!”
“Jesus came treading the waves; and so He puts all the
swelling tumults of life under His feet. Christians – why afraid?”
“Alone with none but Thee, my God,
I journey on my way.
What need I fear, when Thou art near
O King of night and day?
More safe am I within Thy hand
than if a host did round me stand.”
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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