Two women are headed to the garden where Jesus is buried. It’s a sorrowful journey. Not even the fragrant spices they carry can lift their spirits. Only those who have made that journey to say a final “Goodbye” can understand.
They must have walked cautiously, because the Bible states that it was still dark. The darkness itself was symbolic of the incredible grief they had experienced watching the Master die.
We all have those times when we stumble in the darkness, not knowing what the next step will bring. When sickness strikes. When a marriage begins to crumble. When disaster takes a loved one. We try to move forward, but it is still dark.
These are the times we need to revisit the empty tomb. To remember that God is bigger than any situation we will ever face. To realize that the darkness is only temporary. A new day will come.
As the women moved toward the tomb in the predawn shadows, they didn’t know they were on their way to a miracle. They didn’t know how quickly their sorrow would turn to unspeakable joy. Neither do we.
Today could be the day of new light, new hope, new joy—because He lives!
This week, I will find a way to encourage someone who is going through a dark time.