John 20:16 “Yeshua said to her, ‘Miriam!’ She turned to Him & said, ‘Rabboni!’” In the previous verses Yeshua had been buried, the tomb was open and empty. Miriam wept outside the tomb because her Master had been taken away and she didn’t know where He was (11-13). Yeshua spoke with her and then called out her name, ‘Miriam!’
Sometimes we go through trials, and while I can’t tell you the length of time it takes to heal from a loss, a deep hurt/pain, a financial or physical tragedy; what I do know is that you can’t sit in it. A chapter of Miriam’s life was closed. She can no longer fellowship with Him like she used to, in the physical. This was a great loss for her. But, all was not lost. Hope and a future was not dead.
I can remember going through a trial with my husband and I was so depressed. I battled suicidal thoughts. As I was weeping in my bathroom, a child of ours slipped a note underneath the door and it read, “Mom, I am praying for you. I love you. You will be okay.” In that moment, God was shouting my name like Miriam. Like Miriam, my heart began to fill with hope. Like Miriam, my lungs began to be filled with the breath of life by the One speaking my name. For the first time in a while, I awaited to see what my future held because of Him, because He was and is always in it with me. I needed to take action. One chapter of my life may have been ending, but with God, a new one was beginning. I didn’t need to focus on what was, but on what will be.
John 20:17 “Yeshua said to her, ‘Do NOT hold on to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But GO to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.”
There’s a time in our trial that we may feel like we are crying out for months, years even. Some people have been in a perpetual state of depression and/or self-pity for years. They can’t see the hope and future ahead. Why? Because they have to move from their location; like Miriam, like I had to.
“Miriam, you can’t sit here by the tomb forever. You have to move. You’ve got a life to live!” And, “Laurie, you can’t sit here in your bathroom day after day, weeping and worrying. You have to move in faith and not let worry and fear grip you. You’ve got children who need you. You’ve got a life to live. I haven’t called you home, yet.”
Weeping and worrying is a life of choice. Worry means to torment oneself with disturbing thoughts. Just like you may not like a certain song on the radio and you get to change the station, you can do the same with your thoughts. You just purpose to change your physical state and your mental state will soon follow. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. God has a plan for my life and it is for peace and not evil, to give me a future and a hope. God will work out all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Say them out loud if you have to, but say them because it is your fuel to get you out of your rut. It’s what you and I truly run on to overcome in this life.
When we finally move our position, it puts Him in the position to do what you can’t do in your situation. He’s the resurrector of life. He’s your Father. He’s your God and nothing is impossible with Him. All is not lost. Trust me, He knows what He is doing and it is far better than anything you could ever dream up or strive to do for yourself.
Beloved, it may not seem like there’s no way out of your situation, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Like Miriam, a chapter may have closed, but God is doing a new, better thing with you.
Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
May you have the boldness to pray in faith and stay in faith as your God and Father begins a new chapter in your life.
You are dearly and wholly loved,