April 9, 2012

SHE STAYED






Yesterday was Easter Sunday.

In a time of family reflection, we read the four gospel versions of that most amazing day in history - the one that divides the timeline into a before and an after.

You know the story.

But after reading the John version, Dad asked if anyone had any insights and our ten-year-old Jordan said simply:  "Mary stayed."

And Oh! to think what she may have missed!

In John´s version, Mary discovers the empty tomb and runs to tell Peter and John. They run to see it and then "they went back to their homes".  But Mary stayed. She stayed and wept.  She stayed and looked again into the tomb, saw two angels, had a conversation with them.  She turns around and speaks to a presumed gardener. Jesus reveals Himself to her. She stayed - and has one of the most precious encounters with the Saviour of all time.

And I began to think of what "staying" harvests...


Desperate "staying" in The Presence brings fruitfulness.  Holy living. Intimacy.  "Staying" in marriage harvests faithfulness.  Stability.  Healthy families full of integrity.  Courageous "staying" in times of stress or difficulty or even persecution harvest the very things the Kingdom of God is made of.  And "staying" in our host cultures long enough harvests language abilities, cultural skills, incarnational message-bringing and missional, redemptive influence.

"Staying" is a remarkably powerful action.

Out of the mouths of babes...




photo by waysideviolet


10 comments:

  1. Wow. Yes, the power of staying, persevering is immense. And the reward even greater! The reason, I believe, that God rewards staying/patience is because it is not often done in the stressed-out society of ours; yet something that He clearly longs for...
    You can almost hear Him saying, "Stay here! Stay with Me! Rest in my presence!"
    Loved it mom (L)!

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  2. Pam, I just found your blog!! I LOVE this! We are definitely in a season of "staying" right now and this was so encouraging for me in the midst of all that is going on in our world right now!! xo

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  3. @ Dani and dear Kim - Thank you. Your comments are a joy to me!

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  4. This is one of the places I meet God - thanks for sharing your musings.

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