The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee . . . went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
- Luke 23:55-56 (NIV)
Jesus had been crucified. His life was over. Women standing nearby watched as his body was removed from the cross and taken away for burial. Then they departed for home. Resolved to honor one last time the man they had followed, they prepared embalming spices and perfumes for the Lord’s body.
I try to imagine what the women were feeling. Jesus claimed to be the Christ, yet he died a criminal’s death. Hope surely gave way to confusion and disappointment as their minds cried out, It’s all over. He was not the Messiah.
Many times in my life I have stopped believing just short of answered prayer. When God’s answer seemed to be “no,” my optimism would turn to defeated acceptance. But later I would rejoice to discover that what seemed the end of hope was only a delay, a difference between God’s timing and mine.
The women who went home to prepare spices and perfumes teach us how to handle times when all seems lost. We can continue in prayer, do what seems right, and trust that at any moment, God may pour out rich blessings on our lives. God raised Jesus from the grave. We are God’s children too. What will God do for us?
Pat Rowland (Tennessee, USA)
Thought for the Day
Sometimes we hear “no” when God is saying, “Wait.”
How you have loved us, dear Lord! Give us faith to trust you more. Amen.
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