Do you have times where you're so overwhelmed by the work and the stress that you can't see the joy happening before your eyes? It can be very easy to get distracted and lose focus on the purpose of everything in our lives, and it happens to all of us at some point. We drift off into a haze and get stick, especially when you tackle a career that is the same thing day in and day out. The challenge is realizing when we're stuck in this haze and take steps to get ourselves out, to begin to see the purpose in every moment. God created us in His very image and likeness to spread joy and love to the world, in a way that reflects us best, which is hard to do when we're just going through the motions. Have you been in a haze lately? Where is God nudging you to see the joy and purpose?
Today's Gospel states:'But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she 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 in Hebrew, "Rab-bo'ni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Mag'dalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her' (John 20:11-18).
Today's reading talks about how the women see Jesus outside of the tomb. They don't even recognize him at first, which is very odd. They are so taken by their grief that they can't witness the joy at hand. If they still truly had faith and listened to all that Jesus had said, they would've recognized him, and the great joy he brought to the world through his suffering. We too can be blinded by grief, by hurt, even by the everyday haze that makes us feel stuck and ordinary. Let me tell you now, you are no ordinary. You are special, unique and loved in God's eyes, even if you feel like you're drowning at the moment. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you see your purpose, and see past the haze or everyday life.
Today we pray:
Thank You for giving everything for me, for showing how great Your love is for the world. Help me to see past my hurt, sorrow, and the haze of an ordinary day and help me to see the joy and Your purpose for me each day.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.