“Now it was Mary Mag’dalene and Jo-an’na and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” Luke 24:10-11
The great news of Easter morning was first shared by the women who discovered the empty tomb, but the apostles, along with most of the world missed it. They were preoccupied with their own assumptions and their own fears, so that when the good news of new life was right in front of them, they didn’t believe it.
I sometimes wonder if we still miss out on far too many of the great things our God is doing today as well. There is a wonderful prayer which observant Jesus sometimes use on the Sabbath. It begins: “Days pass and years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles.” That’s the issue for many of us. We are so busy, so distracted, so full of our own assumptions and fears, that we walk sightless among miracles. Every time I stop and look at my own life, I can get the feeling of years vanishing. But when I ponder those days and years, I have been blessed beyond words.
When I walk down the street early each morning and hear the birds, watch parents bustling their children off to school, and see good, honest, hardworking people beginning another day, there are countless blessings. When we see the world spring to life again in all its beauty, when we gather around a table with family and friends, and most of all when we come together to worship, sing and share the Lord’s supper, there are miracles we shouldn’t miss.
Pastor John Twiton