And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. (Luke 24:5-11 ESV)
It’s no secret I am a Miami Heat fan. Last night I was blessed with a DVD of last years Miami highlights, and I started rewatching the 6th game of the finals best of 7 which had San Antonio Spurs ahead by 5 points to close the series and be the champions for the 2013 season. It sure looked like it was over. I mean they even had security pull the rope out to make sure fans didn’t bumrush the court if the Spurs one. I remember feeling like it was over.
Even Miami fans started leaving the stadium thinking it was over, to try to beat traffic.
But in what was to be a classic finish, including a 3 pointer by Ray Allen, the Heat would send it in to overtime, win the game in overtime, and then win the series in the 7th game becoming the NBA champs again.
I think of Jesus followers and how it seemed they had given up. The 11 disciples had forgotten the prophecies of a resurrected Messiah, and so didn’t even bother to check the tomb. The women did go to the tomb, but it seemed not to check if he was alive, but maybe to pay respects or tend to the body. But he was not there – He had risen!
Lets fade it, his ways are much higher than ours, so if God says he’ll do something, lets learn to trust in His infinite wisdom, and not our fairweathered ways.
reflection/discussion question: what things in your life do you see beyond your control that you may need to trust God in?