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Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” — John 20:1-2
The story makes this abrupt jump from Friday evening to Sunday morning. Mary is first on the scene. She comes to the tomb and is met with fear. We are unsure if she peeked in, but perhaps she looks enough to notice that the body is gone. In fear, she retreats, fearing grave robbers might still be near. She ran back and reported the situation to Peter and John.
What we witness in Mary is a remarkable display of early action. She demonstrates eagerness and unwavering commitment. Her decision to venture alone in the dark was unusual for a woman and speaks volumes about her love and devotion.
Most believers need a little more of the eagerness and anticipation of Mary. We need to act a little earlier. So don't wait for perfect conditions today. Step out into the unknown. Speak about what you learn. Doing so will reduce your regrets about missed opportunities and open the door to potentially significant discoveries and experiences with God.
What does Mary's early visit to the tomb and her immediate action teach us about eagerness and commitment in our faith journey? How can we cultivate a similar sense of anticipation in our relationship with God?
Think about a time when you hesitated to take action in your faith or in life in general because you were waiting for "perfect conditions" or complete understanding. What might have been different if you had acted earlier? How can you apply the lesson from Mary's actions to your own life today?
DO THIS: Act quicker.
PRAY THIS: Lord, help me embrace eagerness and commitment, so that I may step out into the unknown with faith and anticipation, knowing that in doing so, I may discover new depths of experience with You and live with fewer regrets. Amen.
PLAY THIS: Gratitude.
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