Linger Longer

Michelle Christy

Read: John 20:1-18

The disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. (vv. 10-11)

Family dinners hold a high priority at our house. We eat. We share about our day. We read and apply Scripture. Some days children comply eagerly; other days resistance steals our space. One evening, sensing palpable opposition, I declare, “We’re going to linger at the table and like it.” That was one amazing mom moment! Well, maybe not. Nevertheless, we now gather with less resistance to our amended motto—“linger longer.”

When Jesus sees us linger longer, he reveals himself. Peter and John step inside the tomb for a quick look and head back home, but Mary lingers there. Grief blinds her, yet she steadfastly remains. Mary seeks Jesus and he allows himself to be found. He reveals himself to Mary in a fresh way, saying, “My Father and your Father,” and “my God and your God” (v. 17). What the Rabboni taught comes true: “Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me . . . If anyone loves me . . . my Father will love him, and we will come to him” (John 14:19, 23). Mary desires to still remain with Jesus, but he commands her to go to his brothers. Mary is the first one sent!

Jesus calls us to abide with him (John 15). To those who linger, Jesus delights to show himself. Like Mary, our lingering is not for ourselves alone, but for a world in need. The one who remains with him bears fruit to the Father’s glory. —Michelle Christy

Prayer: Lord, give us hearts to linger long with you.