One day I had a breakthrough experience that changed my life forever.
I was reading the Bible and noticed that Mary Magdalene went to Jesus’ tomb on Sunday morning after He was crucified and buried. The stone in front of the tomb was rolled aside, so she knelt down and looked in, but His body was not there.
Mary did not realize that He had been resurrected from the dead. She did not know where He was and began to cry because of her great loss.
Inside the tomb were two angels who asked her why she was crying.
Then behind her came the voice of a man she thought was a gardener—but it was Jesus. When He spoke her name, “Mary,” she recognized Him and was ecstatic (John 20:1–16).
For Mary, her pain was the loss of a friend and leader who may have been the first to ever care for her.
Notice these key elements of this account in John 20:1–16: The other disciples spent time at the tomb and went back home, but Mary stayed there crying. Mary looked into the tomb and focused on her loss, similar to when we focus on the loss and pain of our past.
Too often, we focus on the tomb of our past. Yes, there is an appropriate amount of time to deal with grief and loss. But there is also a time to look in a new direction. You cannot live your life at the tomb of your past.
Did you notice where Jesus was?
He was behind her.
This symbolizes the need for us to turn our focus away from our past pain and loss.
Notice that Jesus appeared as a gardener. This symbolizes that when you focus on the future, God is there to help things grow and bring life. Also, Mary saw two angels inside the tomb.
The symbolism here is that inside every painful experience is a blessing from God—if we can only recognize it.
When Jesus said, “Mary,” her eyes were opened, and she immediately recognized Him.
Oftentimes, we are not able to recognize the work of God in our painful situation. I started to realize that inside every painful experience is a gift.
By simply changing your focus, you can allow the past to strengthen you and give you the necessary tools to help others who are camped out at their tombs.
This is an important part of hearing the voice of God. As you develop a close relationship with Him, God will find ways to let you know He loves and cares for you specifically. The power of turning away from the past and negative things is vital to receiving all that God has for us!
I bet you did not expect to read this in a book about hearing God, but it is really needed. Please do not skip through this because it will help you advance the most.
P.S This is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Hearing God Every Day: Understanding the Supernatural Ways God Speaks to Us by Doug Addison, which releases March 19, 2019. Pre-order your book today!
Doug Addison is the founder and president of InLight Connection. Doug is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where they are impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.