“Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” John 20:15 (NIV)
Her heart is down. She has lost her Master. She has lost the love of her life. She has lost her Way. Mary is outside of the tomb crying. She has an encounter with angels. Her heart is so tuned to her Saviour that Heavenly beings are shown to be with her. They try to comfort her. Then turning around she sees Jesus. At first she does not realize that it is Jesus that is by her side. She doesn´t even recognize that it is Him Who is there with her and moving in this place. He asks her what she is crying about. Her response demonstrates something in our human tendency. It is something we all do constantly. We focus on the immediate situation. God is working on the salvation of the entire race of mankind. Jesus is paying for the separation and restoring us to God. And she is crying. How can we do that? Why do we cry? Do we not realize what is really happening?
We humans focus on our tiny sphere of physical, emotional, or intellectual influences which surround us at the time. Rarely if ever do we consider what is happening in the spiritual realm. But this is the trouble with how sin has separated us from God. Today we stand banished from the garden and stuck in a world of emergencies. There are many blessings we have from above, but there are many struggles that lay in our paths. But as Adam and Eve were banished from the Presence of God and from the garden, we too have lost sight of that marvelous place. We can no longer see God. We are unaware that we were meant to walk with Him in the cool of the day. We dedicate our lives to surviving. We strive to beat the odds. We struggle against the elements as we try to make our way through this journey through life. All the while God has not gone away. He hasn´t changed His mind. He hasn´t found something else to dedicate Himself to. He still is orchestrating our eventual return. He is still looking for those who would accompany Him on His walks.
Into this divide created by our waywardness, walks Jesus Christ. Sent by God above He perfectly executes His Father´s will and does what is necessary to bring us together again. He becomes the Way. He asks us as He does with Mary, “Why are you crying?” He wants to know what we are down about. He wants to show us that there is more than what we tend to focus on. From His the first of His teachings to the last, Jesus tries to show us that we are not seeing the fuller picture. He consistently tries to help us past our limitations. He tries to lift our vision above our surroundings. By doing this He gives us a choice. We can remain in the dust and cry. Or we can listen for His voice. We can hear Him calling to us. We can move to His encouragement. We can stop our crying and gaze upon our Saviour! What are we going to do? Why should we carry on as we have? Why are we still crying, when we can turn to Him?
We hear Your call. We turn now to look to You. As Mary did before us, we have been focusing upon our woes. Let us hear Your sweet voice! Let us turn to look to You! Open our eyes to see that You are near! Open our eyes to see that we have not been looking at even half the picture! Let us know that You are still at work! Let us know that You will not rest until we are safely with You at the Father´s side! Please help us examine today why it is that we are still crying!