"But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn't find the body of the Lord Jesus."—Luke 24:1-3
Have you ever arrived at a but moment in your faith journey?
In early January, my pastor, Steve, invited those who could pray in faith for a healing miracle to join him in praying for his wife, Elizabeth. Though CT scans in summer 2011 had shown no leftover cancer cells from Elizabeth's eight-month battle with ovarian cancer, recent tests told a different story. Cancer had returned. Too-low hemoglobin levels had probably damaged her heart, while blood clots had formed in her lungs and abdomen walls.
In my pastor's words: "We are grateful for the doctors. In their minds, the doctors are sending her home with only a short time to live …. We appreciate all that the medical community has done …. They have done the best they can. But now, we lean even more fully into God's promises, love, and power."
My pastor's invitation ushered me into a but moment: Do I have what it takes to be one of those Luke 24 women who had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs (Matthew 27:55)? Those women had heard his final cry on the cross, seen Joseph wrap Jesus' body and place it in the tomb, felt the weight of the stone settling into place in front of the tomb's entrance. These women faced the facts but returned to do the work they'd prepared to do.1