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I know the Easter story. I try to comprehend the significance of Jesus’ resurrection. But I’ve never thought about how Matthew 28:1-10 also has much to say about dreaming.
Two Marys were at the tomb, but they weren’t there expecting a miracle. They went there because of obligation and tradition. Somebody needed to put oils on the deceased’s body to prepare it for burial.
But God surprised them. A stone was moved not because Jesus needed it to exit the tomb but so these women could see inside. They witnessed the miracle.
“The women left the tomb quickly. They were afraid, but they were also very happy. They ran to tell Jesus’ followers what had happened” (Matt. 28:8). Of course, dreaming is scary, but it’s also joy-filled beyond our imagination. And that makes us want to proclaim the good news – The Good News, especially – to others.
Jesus told the women they didn’t need to be afraid. And he told them to go. “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my followers to go on to Galilee, and they will see me there'” (Matt. 28:10).
Sometimes when we dream action is required. (<— Click to tweet.)
Making the phone call. Sending the letter. Accepting the job. Booking the trip. Serving in another country or on your street. All of that can be scary, but God may have a surprise waiting when you least expect it.
There are seasons to wait on God. Even though it can be quiet and long, that time of waiting isn’t wasted. Waiting is an active, faith-building journey. Maybe God is moving a stone for you. (<— Click to tweet.)
Other times we need to act. We need to go. We need to do the hard thing. We need to trust wherever God is leading us.
When we obey whatever God is telling us, Jesus’ followers will see him when we do. When we tell our story, people will see God’s faithfulness. When we face our fears, God is writing our testimony. When we give our dreams words and actions, people will know the Dream Giver. (<— Click to tweet.)
And we may be surprised along the way.
In “He Still Moves Stones,” Max Lucado reminds us it’s okay to dream again:
“Just when the womb gets too old for babies, Sarai gets pregnant. Just when the failure is too great for grace, David is pardoned. And just when the road is too dark for Mary and Mary, the Angel glows and the Savior shows and the two women will never be the same. The lesson? Three words. Don’t give up. … Don’t quit. For if you do, you may miss the answer to your prayers. God still sends angels. And God still moves stones.”
That dream of growing your family? Don’t give up. The dream to start a business or go on a mission trip? Don’t quit yet. The dream that forgiveness will come and the relationship will be healed? It’s still possible. The dream that their marriage will make it and they’ll have the grandest story to tell? Keep on praying.
Easter is in a week. That story is the cornerstone of our faith. And it’s a reminder to dream – not just because the calendar says it’s time, but because Jesus lives.
Shared by: Kristin Hill Taylor