Stop Going to the Empty Tomb

What a couple of weeks we’ve all had.  Quarantine season is continuing another 30 days per POTUS and I have to admit that the last couple of days have been tough.  At the beginning we were told 15 days and now it’s another 30 with no end in sight.  Social media is full of the funny memes and the quarantine police telling people to #stayhome.  I get it.  We are all on edge and the longer this goes, the more stir crazy we become.

I keep thinking and asking God to show me what I can do in the middle of all of this.  I feel that God has put something on my heart, but I’ve had a hard time figuring it out.  Today as I felt a little frustrated, I sat outside and tried so hard to hear from God.  I’ve had so much noise in my life lately between the news and social media that honestly I haven’t spent time in God’s Word or in prayer.  Isn’t it crazy that the more time we have at times equals less time with God?  Maybe not for you, but for me it certainly has felt that way.  My days are spent scrolling through social media, reading article after article, watching the news, trying to figure out if this is going to be over soon or if I might as well cancel all our summer plans.  Our days are filled with unknowns and people in a panic.  Many of us smile on the outside and post our pretty pictures of our quarantine lives when in reality we are struggling.  We are worried and we are anxious.  For the most part I have felt myself very much at peace.  I know God holds my future and that I am in His hands, but it’s still hard.  We’ve been through so much and time and time again, He’s proven Himself faithful.  But I still question.  And I still wonder how much more we can all take.

I see my friends beginning to lose their jobs, small businesses are shutting down and fear is written all over everyone’s faces at the grocery store.  So I wonder, what can I do?  Jesus I want to do something, but what can I do?

Today I kept thinking about the women who went to the tomb with their spices to anoint Jesus.  I kept thinking about how the guys were all in hiding and these women chose to go to the tomb.  In Mark 16:3, they wondered how they would roll away the stone, but that didn’t keep them from going.  And they never had to worry about rolling back the stone because in Mark 28 it talks about a great earthquake and an angel descending from heaven who rolled back the stone.  Jesus always takes care of what we need.  As the angel sat on the stone he said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”  Did you catch those three final words….”as he said.”  Jesus had already told them that this would happen. In Luke 24:5 the angel asks them why they are looking for the living among the dead.  He reminded them how Jesus told them that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.  Luke 24:8 says, “And they remembered his words.”

How often do we forget His words? How often do we go seeking among the dead?  How often do we go to an empty tomb? Only to try to fill our souls and answer our doubts with everything but Him.

During this season it is so easy to forget His words.  We get tunnel vision and all we can do is focus on the negative.  The noise is so loud around us that we can not hear His gentle voice reminding us that He is right there.  He tells us not to fear, to not be anxious.  His word says that if He cares for the birds of the sky and the flowers how could he not care for you.

In Isaiah 40:31 it says,

“But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.”

Yet we find ourselves going to the empty tomb to try to find the living.

I don’t know about you, but I’m done going to the empty tomb and I’m ready to remember His Word and go back to it to fill my soul and satisfy all of my needs.

So tonight as I sit here, I wonder….what if we made a 30 day commitment to pray and seek the Lord every single day?  Even if it’s for five minutes each morning.  What would happen if we all truly did that?  We’ve all fallen into the “I’ll pray for you” game.  You know, telling someone we would pray, but we never do.

We are living in scary times.  Not only health wise, but financially too.  And please don’t tell me that someone’s job doesn’t matter when people are dying.  I get it and I don’t want people to die, but have some compassion and realize that people are losing what they’ve worked so hard for.  Them worrying about their finances in no way minimizes someone’s life.  We are all losing something and we are all doing the best we can.  So instead of being the quarantine police or degrading others because they are not quarantining correctly let’s choose to stop and pray.  Let’s be women who are choosing to trust that God does have this all under control and that we need to kneel and pray and seek His face right now more than ever.

Will you commit with me?

30 days.

I think as women we have some incredible power.  If you go through the Bible you will see that it is filled with stories of women who have risked it all for the Lord.  You are important in all of this.  You are the keeper of your home.  Our husbands and our children look to us for comfort and for peace.  We are the thermostat of our home and we  have to stand firm in the Lord and his promises.  We must quit going to the empty tomb and start seeking the living right where He is.  And guess where that is?  Right there with you.  If you are His child, His Holy Spirit is within you and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in you.  Believe it!!  That power is in us!  We must choose to have faith over fear.  And that starts with us staying in His word so that we will always remember it.  It starts by kneeling down and seeking His face every single day.  It starts by praying and pleading to Jesus that He will heal our land.  We are so important and we matter.  Jesus wants to do something through us, I believe it.  I can feel it in my soul and I wonder what if?  What if for 30 days we seek and pray?

So will you commit with me?

I am going to go on my instagram profile and in my stories each morning I am going to pray.

Will you join me?

Let’s get down on our knees and ask the Lord to heal our land.  Let’s take 2 Chronicles 7:14 to heart and instead of just posting it on our facebook timelines, let’s actually do as it says.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and…turn from their wicked ways…I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Will you pray with me?

God is going to do something amazing!  I believe it.  Do you?

-Maggie

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