…by Amanda Huber
Today’s reading is the resurrection! Hurrah! I’m placing myself at the tomb as Mary Magdalene. I’m running to get help and returning to see the angels and then Jesus. My Jesus. The words he said were true. I’m seeing it with my own eyes. I’m talking to Jesus after I witnessed him die on the cross. And he is back. He has risen from the dead and is about to ascend to Heaven to be with his Father: Our God. I’m speechless. I’m pinching myself awake from what I think is a dream. I’m anxious to run and tell everyone what I just witnessed. If only they had seen it with me!
It comes easy for me to believe. Faith has always been something that I haven’t questioned since I accepted the Lord into my heart. I’m not a “how it works” type of thinker. I appreciate that things work but I really don’t question how. I do however have a lot of relationships with people who question everything. Believing doesn’t come easy to them. They want the facts. They don’t want to be tricked or fooled. Mary Magdalene got to witness the facts first hand and I’m envious. There is no question or hesitation when sharing the news. There is no frustration that I feel when I don’t have the first hand knowledge to share other than my personal experiences which so many people tend to chalk up to coincidence or good luck. I don’t believe in coincidences or luck. I believe in my God. I believe that my God cares so much about me that he aligns up experiences in my life. Some to bless me and my family, some to make me think deeper about things or gain a different perspective, and sometimes, I think God aligns things up in my life just to get me to smile. That’s the God I love.
I know life is hard for so many. Life is hard for me too at times. But we Christians have an amazing advantage: the Holy Spirit. It never leaves us. The Holy Spirit is there to help you make decisions, guide you, mentor you, pray when you can’t find the words, and even help you write a blog. Our God is always there. And I’m so very thankful.