Have you ever been utterly amazed at God’s work in your life as the three women were at Jesus’ empty tomb? I know I have. There have been times in my life where God’s hand in my life was so profound that I was “utterly amazed” at how God was creating me moment by moment all along.
When the moment of awareness comes that God’s hand has been at work, I am sometimes left bewildered and amazed. Sometimes, my initial reaction is of overwhelming joy as I recognize God’s work in my life. Sometimes, I am so moved by the new “place” I am in- a new self-perspective, a new relationship, a new role, a new city, a new wholeness, a new peace- that it terrifies me. I ask myself, “how in the world did I get here?” I am so thankful I am here, but “when did this happen?”.
The women, upon finding Jesus’ tomb, experienced both amazement and bewilderment. This new “place”, an empty tomb, they found themselves in brought joy, fear, and questions: How did this happen? What does this mean? Are we called to shared this experience with others?
God’s powerful work in our lives sometimes catches us by surprise and leaves us utterly amazed. We, too, like the women at the empty tomb, must ask ourselves, “What do we do with this piece of news? Do we keep it to ourselves or do we share this experience with others?”
In Mark’s gospel shortly after the women find the tomb, we see Jesus inviting his disciples to “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16: 15). What does this mean for us in our daily lives? I do not think this invites us to stand on the street corner and preach; I think it invites us to live our lives in a way that honors the utter amazement of God’s work in our lives we have experienced.
When were we utterly amazed at God’s work in our lives?
How am I called to share the gospel in my daily, lived experience?