Each of us have had dreams that have died. We’ve wondered, “Where is God? Can He resurrect this mess?”
Mary must have wondered that as she stood outside the tomb weeping. Jesus had been crucified, now His body was missing! She had witnessed many miracles of Jesus and had even experienced her own. Jesus had delivered her from demonic activity and set her free. But the last few days had felt devastating. Every hope and dream shattered!
As she leaned in to the tomb, two men dressed in white spoke and asked her why she was crying. Trying to stifle her sobs, Mary responded, “They have taken away my Lord and I don’t know where they had laid him.” Seconds after the words were out of her mouth, Mary felt someone standing behind her. Blinded by her own grief, she didn’t recognize that it was Jesus. It wasn’t until Jesus spoke Mary’s name that Mary realized Jesus hadn’t abandoned her. He had kept His promise! (John 20:11-17).
When your dreams die, here are four truths to help you remember that God is in the business of resurrections:
- Jesus weeps with you. We don’t see Jesus weeping at the empty tomb where Mary Magdalene cried, but we do see Him weeping at another tomb. Remember the story of Lazarus? Even though Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the grave, He stood there with tears streaming down His Almighty face weeping with Mary and Martha. (John 11:35). When life is falling apart, remember that Jesus empathizes and weeps with you.
- Jesus knows your name. God may seem aloof when your dreams die, but He has not abandoned you. He calls you by name. He invites you to open your eyes and see Him in His risen form, ready and able to help you.
- Jesus values community. After Mary saw the risen Christ, He told her to go tell and be with the other disciples. Jesus invites us to community whether we’re grieving or celebrating.
- Jesus brings beauty from the ashes. When your dreams die, it’s hard to believe that God can bring something good out of the bad. And yet that’s the message of the resurrection. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus takes the evil in our lives – the seemingly bad – and transforms it into something beautiful. He replaces old desires with new and vibrant dreams.
Friend, as you face disappointments, remember every dream that dies opens the way for a resurrection. And Jesus is in the business of resurrection!
Here’s a question for you to consider: how have broken dreams in the past paved the way for a resurrection of new dreams in your life? Please leave a comment, as your story will encourage others!