“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared” (Luke 24.1 ESV).
The women who followed Jesus were heart-broken. Their Savior, Lord and Friend had been crucified and His body placed in a tomb without its proper burial spices. The women obediently waited until after the Sabbath was over, and then they went straight to where Jesus’ body lay. They would not let their feelings of sadness and devastation stop them from fulfilling the duties required of them. As they went to the tomb to complete the burial obligations of Jesus, a miracle was revealed to them: Jesus had risen! While the other disciples hid and halted their daily life, the women who continued with their work experienced the Resurrection first. Many times life throws terrible and damaging wounds our way, and God will give us a “Sabbath” to rest in our sorrow. However, when the Sabbath is over, we must pick ourselves up and continue our work. It is in the work of our everyday life that God will shine His greatest miracles. We have to trust that God can intervene even in the middle of our daily obligations. Life doesn’t have to stop. In fact, when we keep our hands busy and our minds focused on the task, God can weave our efforts into His redemption plan. So instead of hiding and wallowing, let us renew our strength in the hope that the Resurrection Power of the Cross will penetrate even the darkest of moments.
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30.5 NLT).