On the third day, as the sun rose, Mary set out to check on her Lord’s tomb. When she went she found that the tomb was vacant. She run to where the disciples were staying and told them that someone had taken their Lord away. When the disciples went to investigate they found that the tomb was as the woman had said and they went back to the place that they were staying.
You can imagine their frustration: first their Lord had been killed and then His body had been ‘stolen’ from the tomb. This was like a bad dream that was not coming to an end. They were yet to understood the scripture that prophesied that He would rise from the dead.
Just because we don’t understand the scripture about the situation does not mean that it will not be fulfilled.
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”Jesus said to her, “Mary.” he turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20:11-18 NIV)
Jesus says that His sheep know His voice. “The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice .” John 10: 3-4 NIV (emphasis mine). Mary’s spending time with Jesus meant that she was able to recognize his voice when He called her by name.
When you spend time with God there is no need for name tags. You are able to recognize each other.
Even in the dark situations remember that He is God and He is true to His word. Not seeing or recognizing Him does not mean that He is not present. May you hear His voice as He calls your name and see Him even in this third day.