“The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” – Luke‬ ‭24:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Imagine joining a movement so powerful that you give up everything to be a part of it. You sell your house, give up your job, and even travel frequently away from family and friends. You are invested and passionate about the leader of this movement and spend almost every waking moment with him for three years. Then in almost an instant your leader and your movement is gone. Not only is your leader arrested, but he is killed, and anyone associated with him has their life threatened as well. You are left with no idea what to do, where to go, or how to find another job. You are probably feeling quite OVERWHELMED.
The followers of Jesus felt life was hopeless. Yet at least the women summoned up the courage to go visit the tomb of the Leader they loved. When they approached the tomb they realized the stone was rolled away and gone. Even more stress. Then they were approached by Angels who scared them so much they fell to the ground. They were overwhelmed.
Perhaps today you are feeling overwhelmed. Your calendar and credit card bill may be causing you stress. Maybe you are worried about your future and the direction you are going. The transitions and change happening around may leave you feeling anxious. The Resurrection story is a reminder that God is in control. It is proof God can bring dead things back to life. Jesus also reassured His disciples when He returned that even though He would soon leave them He would send the Holy Spirit to guide them. The promise of the Holy Spirit’s guidance is still with us today. May you rely on God and the power of the Holy Spirit to help you feel less overwhelmed this week.
In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn