John 20:10-15: ”The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.”(please click for passage)

Love lingers. Mary, it seems, could not bear to leave the site where Jesus had been laid in death. Love’s reward is to meet with Jesus, and that was Mary’s experience on this momentous day.

If you have tears in your eyes or in your heart, you are in my prayers today. Sometimes we weep outwardly, and other times inwardly. Some ‘tears’ are not watery; they are more like ‘tears’ at the fabric of your heart. Either way, it remains the case that ”The LORD is close to the broken-hearted” (Psalm 34:18). He keeps all our tears in His ”bottle.” He sees our crying and He cares.

Often we need to weep, and it’s a healing/cleansing thing. Negative stuff can leave our bodies transported down the canal of tears. A cargo of debris gently floats away on the tide. When people dam their tears; when they stifle them with firm resolve, they regularly pay a price, one way or another. It’s not good to ‘bottle it up’. Perhaps,today, you need to ”let it go” – whatever ”it” is.

But on other occasions our tears have to be challenged: ”Woman, why are you crying?” (13, 15). Some of our tears may be wasted on illusions. Our thinking is all wrong and we just need a fresh perspective. We stand in need of revelation.Jesus was not dead, as Mary thought. His body had not been stolen. He was right there, behind her. She just needed the eyes to see. They would then become sparkly eyes.

Perhaps in the church we need a clearer vision than ever that Jesus is alive. It would alter a lot of things if that belief could travel the short (yet terribly long distance) from head to heart.

Selwyn Hughes once said, with regard to negative thoughts, ”Catch them. Challenge them. Change them.” That remains wise and helpful counsel. Not everything we think is true just because we happen to think it. 

The word ‘fear’ has been represented as an acrostic:

False

Expectations

Appearing

Real.

Does the above ring any bells?

”I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

PRAYER: Lord God, you know where my mind needs changing and re-moulding. You see how susceptible I can be to lies. But sometimes my greatest difficulties are not with outright error, but with negative thinking; imagining ‘ghosts’ in the shadows that do not exist. Please challenge every tear and depressed feeling flowing from a lack of godly thinking. May my mind be renewed continually, for Jesus’ sake.