Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). John 20:14-16 (NKJV)
I have often pondered why Mary thought that Jesus was the gardener when she encountered him at the tomb, or why the disciples did not recognize Him on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Perhaps it was in part because they did not expect to see Him, knowing that He had died on the cross, or did He maybe just look very different?
It makes me wonder, how often do we cross paths with the Lord and not recognize it is Him? That coincidence, that unexpected surprise, that need that is suddenly met, the word of encouragement from a complete stranger. It seems to me that we are encountering Jesus every day in many ways but are not making the connection.
His promise is that He is always with us and that His grace and mercy follow us all the days of our lives. He walks beside us continually and daily loads us with benefits. If every good gift is from above, then we are having encounters with Him continually. I find that for me, this kind of thinking leads to a thankful heart. All day long I am tuning into things that bless me, whether it is something of an unusual occurrence, His promises being displayed through answered prayer, or the beauty of His creation all around me, and recognizing “It is the Lord!”
How good are we at knowing Jesus when we see Him? Praying through our FACTS scriptures this season will help us to know Him more intimately and be more aware of His presence as we encounter Him in our daily lives.
Langley City Lead