I was reading the end of John the other day, and came across the part where Mary Magdalene is looking for Jesus in the empty tomb but He isn’t there.
She runs back to the disciples, who then join her back at the tomb.
So much running. So tired.
After the disciples leave, Mary is still at the tomb crying when two angels show up. They ask the question, “Why are you crying?”
As a woman, I’m proud of Mary at this point, because her response is unlike mine. Me…I would have started yelling. “WHY DO YOU THINK I’M CRYING?! I’m tired (and most likely hungry), and I’ve had the worst couple of days because Jesus was here and now He’s not. WHY DO YOU THINK I’M CRYING?!”
Thank goodness it was Mary and not me.
“They have taken my Lord away” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put Him.” John 20:13 NIV
Can’t you just hear her say that? Like a tired groan, weary and faint and desperate for answers. They took Him and she doesn’t know where He is.
But then God.
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” John 20:16 NIV
Can you imagine hearing Jesus call your name, audibly?
I imagine He’s standing there and has the tone of, “Mary, it’s me. It’s ok.” You know, like the calm sound of your parent. The same soothing nature of a loved one saying, “I’m right here. I didn’t go anywhere.”
I love that Jesus does call us by name. Each and every one of us. No, we most likely won’t hear it out loud like Mary did, but He’s called us. And continues to call us every day.
He’s right here, He didn’t go anywhere.
That’s a beautiful truth.
Since my sweet girl has been born, my quiet times with the Lord look so different than they did before. Pre-baby I’d get up and make coffee and have my quiet time in the morning.
Now I feed my tiny human and start my day, and before I know it it’s 8:00pm. My time with God doesn’t look like it used to, or even how it did the day before.
As a mother, our schedules are packed. And even on days when we don’t think we have “that much to do”, the day passes by in a blur. Making time for Jesus is so important now.
The most important, in our lives.
We are commissioned by God to raise up these little souls to know Him, to love Him, and to love those around them. It’s a big order, if you ask me, but one I’m humbled to take!
Maybe it’s a quick five minute devotional, or a thirty minute yoga session. Whatever you do during the day, make some time for God!
We’re raising up the next generation, and we can’t do it alone. We’re need some instruction. God is calling us by name to take these little people and make them the best big people we can. He hears our cries of needs, and our shouts of praise. He’s called us, mamas, and that’s fantastic news!