With all of the chaos going on in the world, it seems it may be hard to grow in Christ. With all the heartache, it may be hard to see where God is in all of this.
“But Mary stood outside facing the tomb, crying. As she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb. She saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet, where Jesus’ body had been lying. They said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “Because they’ve taken away my Lord,” she told them, “and I don’t know where they’ve put Him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus. 15 “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Supposing He was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you’ve removed Him, tell me where you’ve put Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said, “Mary.” Turning around, she said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” —which means “Teacher.”
John 20:11-16Hcsb Bible.
In this passage, Jesus was crucified and was buried and Mary along with Peter and John found the grave empty. Mary at the time was crying because, not only was her Lord dead, but now she couldn’t even try and get closure since she thought the body was stolen.
Either because Jesus purposefully hid his identity from her for a moment or she couldn’t tell because of her tears. Either way, she couldn’t see where Jesus was in the midst of her sorrow.
How many times in our own life do we experience terrible, horrific and huge losses in our lives and we can’t focus on Jesus because our focus is on our situation itself.
It can be really easy to not focus on Jesus and his message when everything around us seems chaotic. During this time of constant fighting with our friends, family members and strangers online or in person, we need to remember to not forsake our relationship with Christ in order to win fights. We need to look for ways that Jesus is in the situation.
When we are confronted with people that don’t believe the same way we do in controversial situations, we need to remember to extend love of Christ and the mercy that comes with it, instead of hateful words.
Another opportunity where we can see Jesus is when we see someone clearly hurting from loss. That person can be lashing out in anger. That person may be the one person God is calling you to witness to or to help in a way only you can. That person may be hurting but they also may be most open to God when something they hold close is taken away.
There are plenty of other ways that God may be working in the chaos but when issues come up, it opens the opportunity to show what true Christianity says about the issue. Not only your opinion but how everyone despite skin color, family of origin, location are made in the image of God. That means we need to show love to that image bearer. Make sure we are not hurting other people with our rage and looking for ways that God is working in our world.
So at the end of the day, even though it may be chaotic, look for where Jesus is in the situation. Look for ways that you can share his message of Love, repentance and forgiveness. It will be hard but don’t focus too much on the tears in your eyes or the red in your anger. Focus on what the situation is and see how Jesus is in it.
If anyone has any questions or disagreements, comment below or message me and I’ll respond when I can. I hope y’all are having a great day or at least growing in Christ.