God: rearrange events to suit His purpose….
St John 20:17 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God”.
In our life we all have needs that are specific to our conditions; some might not be desirous of having wealth because they have more than enough, yet in their lives, something is lacking, hence a need. Some might not have wealth, but desire to be endowed with riches, they do at times that which is needed to accomplish and fulfill that need; but there is an order to everything on earth.
We might look on our circumstances and believe it has a high priority in the eyes of God who is our benefactor in ALL things, yet our needs will blind us to the occurrence or events happening in someone else’s life which might cause them to be just as or more needy than we are in having their fulfillment met.
How does that tie in with what we are reading in the Word of God today you might be asking yourself? Well look at Mary and the condition she was in; she had just lost the one person who had given to her unconditionally without taking; the person who made her feel special and also had given her a new perspective in life; she wanted to hold unto Him, yet he had need to be about His Father’s business and orchestrate that which was put in motion before the beginning of time.
She was broken, distraught, inconsolable and desperate to understand the act within her sight: He was gone from the grave with no physical evidence of where He had been taken. I would have been hysterical in such a case. But in her distress, she cried in her heart and tears might have poured out even as she stood in bemusement; Mary was in pain.
And Jesus being the compassionate Father and Savior that He is, know intimately the sorrows of our heart, had to make a pit stop to console Mary before He moved on. If He was to pay anyone a visit at this moment, why not Mary; and there He was, right behind her, talking to her and consoling her, even after the point of death: what a mighty and compassionate Savior is our Lord.
As she reaches out to confirm the veracity of what her eyes are telling her, He stops her: “touch me not, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father”. This statement of Jesus is beyond awesome and shows the mind of someone who walks in authority, compassion and love.
Protocol demands that He present Himself to His Father who is in control of everything; yet compassion and love dictates that He comfort this woman called to be His follower who was grieving in multiplicity: at His death and now at the loss of His body.
Beloved, your situation might be dire: whether it be sickness, impending death, lost of all your finances, family, friends, whatever the situation. But although there’s a host of other folks with heavy situations before you in the prayer line to heaven, know that as He did for Mary, He can make your situation of heavenly urgency and make a stop just for you.
Jesus will go out of His way to make a change in your circumstances; as we are told, “there is nothing new under the sun” and if you believe it, I am believing for you that will take what you are dealing with to the front of the line.
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