“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.” – Luke 24:1-3 (NLT)
On the Sunday after Jesus death, some women who loved Jesus very much wanted to take spices to the tomb, much like someone today would take flowers to the grave of someone they loved. They planned, prepared and were ready to do something to honor Jesus.
And then they were surprised! Though Jesus had told them it was coming, they somehow never embraced the idea that Jesus would not stay dead. They came to the tomb, found it empty of Jesus body but occupied by two angels who reminded them what Jesus had said. What they had prepared to do for the Lord was changed as they exchanged their expectations for God’s reality.
You and I can be just like these ladies. We can know that Jesus is still in the business of changing lives, healing the sick, comforting the brokenhearted, providing for the poor, and doing that which is immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine… yet we can walk through life really not expecting it to happen.
While God is sovereign and it is His will that determines the who, what, when, where and why of the “immeasurably more,” it is important for us as his children to be expecting it and recognizing it when it happens. Just as the women took what they saw and reported it to others, God wants us to recognize and report His “immeasurably more” activity to those around us. When we are faithful to do this, we help them to see that God is a God who is alive, available, and interested in a dynamic relationship with all people.
Talk to the Lord about these things. Have you been lulled to sleep in your expectations of what God might do today in your life, in your relationships, in your church or in your world? When God does do something amazing are you ready to interpret it for folks so they might recognize that it is God at work? Let the Lord know you still believe He can do amazing things and that you want to be someone who sees them and interprets them for folks around you so they might be led to experience the living, life changing Christ Jesus.