In my rush, my need to convey the message we’d been given, and with adrenaline and fear coursing through my body, I stumbled over a rock and fell to my knees. Mary Magdalene grabbed my arm, and pulled me quickly to my feet. Both of us lost in the message we had just been given, and not worrying about anything as insignificant as an injury, we rushed on. Nothing was going to slow us down.
As we turned a corner a short distance from the tomb, Mary Magdalene came to a sudden halt in front of me, my mind was reeling from what the angel had said so I was not paying attention, and I slammed into the back of her. We lost our balance and had to grab onto one another to steady ourselves. It took me a moment to focus, but soon my eyes fell upon the figure before us. No words can describe the feeling, no song could ever evoke the emotion I felt in that moment. My heart was pounding, my breath gone like a bunch to the gut and every fiber of my being was shaking from excitement and fear. When I was finally able to look into His eyes…that was it, I was lost. All anxiety, all thought was gone and only joy remained. Jesus!
When He spoke, it was as if a warm breeze had brushed it’s gentle hand against my cheek. “Greetings,” He said…one word was all it took and I could no longer hold back my tears and I let them wash down my face freely. Beside me, I vaguely noticed Mary Magdalene falling to her knees and grasping onto His feet. My body betrayed my heart as I followed her example, ripping my gaze from His loving eyes. My heart, my mind and my voice all cried out in worship. My savior is alive!
My goal in this exercise was to live out this encounter between Jesus and the two Mary’s. This wasn’t about trying to place myself in the historic setting, it was about trying to encounter Jesus in a personal and unique way. By living this experience as one of these women who loved Jesus so much, I had the opportunity to be in His presence in a unique way. When I looked at Jesus, the longing within me to just stay in His presence forever was entoxicating. Jesus was looking at me with delight in His eyes! The feeling of joy and peace from this experience continues to linger with me days later. I’m excited to see where my imagination will take me with Jesus next.