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are you listening?

By Colette Parsons
June 1, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Samuel 18:1-19:10
John 20:1-31
Psalm 119:153-176
Proverbs 16:14-15

Of today’s passages, I was struck by John 20. In the chapter, Mary Magdalene weeps outside Jesus’ tomb, believing his body to be stolen. When a man asks her why she is crying, Mary begs him to show her where her Rabbi is. The man calls her name, “Mary.” Mary suddenly recognized the man to be Jesus Himself. Mary believed Jesus was gone, when in reality He was near her the entire time.

In a time where we are distancing from our workplaces, schools, and friends, we can also feel distant from God. Being disconnected from our church family, can lead to a feeling of disconnection from God. We are losing security, community, livelyhoods, and loved ones, and it may seem like we are losing God as well. Just like Mary, we are mourning. But, the tomb is empty. There is hope. God is alive and close.

In her sadness, Mary couldn’t see the Teacher right in front of her. In our pain, are we paying attention to God and His blessings? We aren’t supposed to ignore the reality around us, but God and His goodness is also part of our reality.

God deserves our attention even more than our anxieties. Instead of reading another news article, pick up your Bible. Instead of sitting alone in your thoughts, say a prayer to God. Instead of watching another episode on Netflix, put on some worship music. Open up your heart to Him.

Even if you don’t recognize it, God is near. He is standing right behind you. He is calling your name. Are you listening?

To memorize:

Your compassion, Lord, is great;
preserve my life according to your laws.

Many are the foes who persecute me,
    but I have not turned from your statutes.

— Psalm 119:156-157

Prayer to start with: Dear God, thank You for always being with us. We know we can depend on You, no matter the circumstances. Please help us to pursue and recognize your presence no matter how we feel. Amen.