Just another stranger…

Preface: Here’s hoping to warm a place in you where the natural temperature cannot go. And tkx to all for the encouragement of things not seen…………..

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So there she was, her hopes dashed, probably struggling to see through her tears, forgetting that not too long ago, her unique yet puzzling friend had given her solace in the face of apparent aloofness: It is possible she once wrongly thought that He didn’t care that the brother of Martha had died. Yep, incorrect news travels fast.

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Now with David’s greater son gone, her world came to a screeching halt. She could have thought: Why Lord must our hearts be rended so, why must the pain be so punishing, why must our grief affect every string of our fiber, and why do you appear to take what we love, and at the very worst times?  But her questions were not perfect.

Yes, this Mary asked our questions, for her heart is the same by virtue of her membership in the human race. ‘Lazarus is dead,’ was the headline news, words that caused her travail and yet great joy, but she could not remember the words of the Comforter when He said: Lazarus is asleep; but only to add: I am the resurrection and the life…..

So there she was, tending to the tomb of her deceased friend and Lord. Now, in one of the most touching incidents of scripture, this solitary woman would encounter a person, but more so, she would hear words spoken for her, to her alone, at that time, in that place, to dry her tears and satisfy her deepest thirst.

But first, perhaps in her stillness, she recalled the loaves and the fishes, she considered the lame, the maimed, the halt, the blind, the cripple, the leper, the dignity of friendship, the care for the poor, and the never-ending example of truth in all things, especially that He is the friend of sinners. She loved the sting of this bitter truth, this biting truth. Truth that gives hope to the hopeless, and truth that condemns the proud. Perfect truth.

She recalled the word ‘in three days I will rise again,’ but who wants to hear scripture when the heart is broken? Who wants to eat when the stomach is sick? Who can hear the soft voice of the shepherd when the ear is battling with truth and doubt? It is not that Mary believed less in her grief, no, it is that her spiritual pain was tolling a louder bell.

Yet in this, the Lord of glory appears in our deepest need, on time, and with a purpose. His word is always enough if we would only hear that still small voice. He does not boastfully open the door and loudly scream: I AM HERE……….no, the good shepherd speaks with the right cadence and cascade of words, yes, like a song we are most fond of, and one that reaches emotions that were previously hidden.

So there she is at the tomb, the place where all the bereaved are welcome, and as the water is streaming down her cheek, she hears this: ‘Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?’ Still lost in her hope, and not quite connecting the dots, not yet hearing exactly the One who spoke, and with her vision still cloudy through the tears, she softly states, perhaps even a whisper: ‘Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.’

In this brief moment, in this twinkling of an eye, there was the appearance of two people randomly meeting, not knowing each other. He, asking why she is crying, she, mistaking Him and supposing Him to be the gardener. Mistaking Him for the gardener! Of course. Why else was He there, if not tending to the area of the newly deceased, the place of the planted, and she who weeps there. Was He not also acquainted with grief as the man of sorrows?

Does not the master gardener care for the branches of the Vine?

So we come full circle to the garden from whence came the first man Adam. Indeed he tended the garden, and now the last Adam would be mistaken as the gardener for just a moment………until He spoke her name: ‘Mary!’ Is this not endearing? Is this not the pearl of great price? Can you not see the lustre of both her request, and the Lord’s presence? And, does He not speak our name…

Indeed, and hearing her name in the midst of her pain put wings to her heart and speed in her step. ‘Master!’ she cried, and all was well once more. Her Lord of glory was the same ‘my Lord and my God’ of Thomas, and the same Lamb of God identified by the baptist., and the same Lord who took Peter, James, and John to the mount where they beheld His majesty, as well as into the home of Jairus daughter.   ‘After three days…………’

‘Supposing Him to be the gardener.’ And in this one correct and incorrect assessment of a ‘stranger,’ gardeners everywhere are elevated in the toil of the earth. What man or woman is not impressed with a handful of dirt? What person does not delight in seeing that which was buried spring into life?

Now with erased tears, the woman at the tomb would be charged with ‘go tell my brethren.’ True, by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin, but true again, by this woman would carry the finest of news, that Christ Jesus died for our sins, according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised again the third day………according to the scriptures.

Gardeners? I like gardeners, even ones with mistaken identities.  And Mary here? Yep, varied opinions, but while we know in part, there is One who knows entirely, and is deserving of our trust, who is not a stranger, and calls us friends.

 

(ps- if you are one of the few who despises this post, how about waiting a while before you sling the arrows of discontent, lest you scare away decent people who may actually want to share their two cents.)

 

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48 Responses to Just another stranger…

  1. Wally Fry says:

    I guess this is kind of silly but when I read my Bible I make the scenes act out in my head as it helps them become alive and real to me. That one I have done dozens of times and the way you wrote it is just how I have seen it. I mean can you imagine from a broken heart to such a thrill so fast? Thanks for this

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    • ColorStorm says:

      There is that twin testimony thing eh W?

      I but scratched the surface on all that went on, and the associations with the angels, the disciples, the other women but yep, for her, her name spoken was off the charts.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        We did a Easter play two years back and that scene was in it. The woman who was Mary really played it and looked up at our Jesus and just said……Lord is that you? She nailed it so good. This one voice in the audience said. …Oh! It was a moment there for sure.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      …when I read my Bible I make the scenes act out in my head as it helps them become alive and real to me.” – Somehow, Wally, that doesn’t surprise me in the least.

      What’s really fun is to get down on the floor and make Bible characters out of Leggos and give them funny voices!

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      • ColorStorm says:

        And you expect to be taken seriously………..

        It’s ok if this post is above your pay grade, and it is also ok to not post mindless comments.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Why was that even necessary Arch? There’s some pretty big irony here, you mocking a person for childlike behavior. Seriously though, why? That is a question. What compels you to think such behavior is necessary? It just seems odd to me as I have heard you over and over criticize Christians for “unchristian like” behavior.

        And don’t tell me you treat me like this because of what others have done to you. That’s just nonsensical. So..the question remains: You don’t know me from Adam, why would you think it’s ok to talk to me that way? Would you talk to a person on the street that way, or somebody you work with? Anybody in real life for that matter? I really doubt it. So, what makes it ok here?

        Again, Arch, take the time to actually talk to somebody, you might be amazed what you learn.

        Peace

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        • ColorStorm says:

          The mud on your shoes has been tolerated on the carpet, but now you are bragging about the stains…..

          May I politely ask you to refrain from further commenting on this otherwise edifying post, said so by many good people.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          …said so by many good people” – You DO love that part, don’t you CS?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          The part I like is how we all appreciate the word of God which has found a root in us, and is evident in the life we share.

          What you fail to see, is we all write posts like this; wally, ib22, james, ancients, CTom, trish, Elihu, salvageable, (sorry but I can’t name them all) on and on and on, truth is truth, and the same Lord is rich unto all.

          And yes, these are good people, I challenge you to prove otherwise.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          Yeah, and a bad haircut does not make me a bad one….just sayin

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Ah yes, remember it well.

          Now there is a topic waiting in the wings.

          ‘The nonsensical replies of the irrelevant by the professional sleight of handers.’

          Or better translated:
          Professing themselves to be wise, they became……

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Never said you were, Wally – deluded, certainly, but bad – no.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          I’ll kindly step in for my brother.

          Perhaps you should explain to your friend on the ‘couch’ why you spend enormous amounts of time plying the craft of theft, TRYING to steal what is valuable from others, and taking those golden pearls, melting them down, using them as your own scraps of unbelief.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          STEAL“? I prefer to think of it as presenting other points of view and offering a choice, something you decline to do, or even allow.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          No, the correct word is THEFT.

          Stop it in the name of God already.

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  2. ColorStorm says:

    Tkx for reading. Too bad it didn’t suit you.

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  3. Beautiful CS—
    I, like Mary, would be missing the obvious as I would be so engrossed in my own issues, sorrows and woes—with Him well aware of the inward angst yet patiently, poignantly drawing the inward outward…
    Such tenderness and love is truly overwhelming—and I, for one, could not be more moved and grateful to the One who offers such to someone even as lowly and undeserving as me…

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  4. Wally Fry says:

    Really Mike? I ask you the same thing I asked over at James’s place. Exactly why is that necessary? Why the sarcasm and digs at the Word? You endlessly complain about mistreatment…and…yet….I am very confused. People are attempting to make some form of peace with you, as shown by the fact that you are being allowed to comment. Why you gotta do this?

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    • KIA says:

      Do a study sometime on the resurrection accounts in all four (the ones we were allowed to have out of the 30 to 40 there were ). Side by side comparison and tell me each author didn’t tell different stories of the same historical happening.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        That’s the point mike. Go into a room with 4 of your friends and describe what you see.

        Guaranteed, no lies will be told, but 4 different accounts. There is a reason for the differences; it is our business to search out a matter.

        But I agree with Wally @ the 40 years of Moses, etc, as in here as well. The scripture narrative stands on its own, and humbles any who trifles with its contents.

        But the greater issue is WHO this Master is………….

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Nice try fellas. All serious studies reveal the gems of the layers you apparently missed.

        But no thank you as far as your bait for textual criticism. Scripture does not need me to defend it, and this post stands alone in clarity.

        The Lord, He is good…

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    • KIA says:

      By the way wally, are you trying to tell me that ‘peace’ means not disagreeing or expressing a different opinion, otherwise I won’t be allowed to comment?
      That’s might open of you

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Hey mike
        (regarding your other (comments in limbo) concerns of the accounts and accuracy etc. of scripture.)

        Fyi- This post is not conducive to the ‘discussion’ whether or not the gospel accounts are reliable. They are.

        This is a post about the worth of the Gardener. That rabbit hole stuff may be more appropriate elsewhere.

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  5. How lovely! You’ve described it all so perfectly. There are no accidents in scripture, He really is The Master Gardener.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yes, the lily of the valley, standing among what others only know as weeds.

      Thankfully, the spirit of the flower through its scent speaks to our hearts.

      There is that faith, evidence, and substance stuff eh ms bytes….appreciate your delight too.

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  6. Poignant, lovely, heartfelt. What a truly eloquent description of our Lord and Savior.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      It’s easy to speak of the worth of the Master, tkx J.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Tkx for this archx.

        The scriptures speak of a savor of life and a savor of death. We choose life.

        Yes, the water flows easily, and James understands, after all, did I not simply accentuate what he speaks of daily, as well as his own title: Isaiah 53? Have a read there, and enjoy that sweetness of He who was acquainted with grief…………….. a root out of a dry ground…………..

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  7. Tricia says:

    Just beautiful words here ColorStorm, ones I really needed to hear this evening.

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  9. ColorStorm says:

    That’s too bad.

    Yet the word of God stands, and has stood for thousands of years, being a balm to whosoever will, and able to satisfy one more weary weary traveler such as yourself. (ps, there is no debate here, so save your time)

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  10. theancients says:

    re: those professing unbelief, but comes by to ‘share their opinion’.

    CS, more often than not we are attracted to the Christ we see emanating from others though we may not think it nor describe it as such and would vehemently deny it, were it pointed out to us. Such is the nature of pride.
    I truly believe arch et alia come here – using mockery as their shield of faith [pride does that to a person] – to experience some of what you have, not knowing they too can be partakers of these same things when they establish a relationship with the giver of all good things: abundant life, love, and light.

    Yes, like Mary, Jesus will often manifest Himself in ways that we do not recognize Him… and indeed, those who are familiar with His voice will eventually know it is Him… but what about our dear friends who have never taken the time to be familiar with Him and His ways… they come here; they don’t know why and can’t explain it, yet, here they are seeking after the familiar – the Christ in you.

    Blessings.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      @ ancients

      The points you make are diamonds in the rough. As in this:

      -Mockery as a shield of faith

      -The Lord manifesting Himself in ways that we do not recognize Him.

      -come and don’t know why (although the reason is because we are deluded and we need set straight 😉

      Tkx much for capturing the essence and putting it into words.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yet in all your berating of people of faith, you cannot find fault with the central theme of this post:

      The Lord, He is God, and He is good. There really is no need to embarrass yourself any further arch, just sayin.

      Give it up already, the rebellion that is.

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  11. ColorStorm says:

    Uh huh, legends, sure, ‘legends’ that you spend a whole life time trying to ignore. Impossible eh……….

    Truth has that effect.

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