On this day we do not have the massive recorded events of Christ as the other days. There is some talk that the anointing of Christ's feet with the nard from the alabaster flask was on this day, but there's no definitive details to place this event. I would like to look at, and learn from, that anointing though. Up to this point Christ has been adamant that there is a toxic misunderstanding of what God is doing. He has spent His last week on Earth focused on correcting the understanding of all of the people around Him... then on this day He shifts, withdrawing to spend time with His close friends. We are about to see Him and His close friends spend time prepping for Passover tomorrow, yet today they are being prepared. Mary embraces what is about to happen which is reflected in what Christ says in Matthew 26: 12 "When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Christ cannot be any clearer that He is going to die, and be buried. Yet Mary is the only one who seems to truly embrace what is coming. She commits this immense act of servanthood, anointing our Lord with her hair. Imagine, it is the last week you will spend with your loved one, your parent, or whoever you hold dear. Not only that but you know this person is going to be executed for YOUR sake. Mary embraces the coming emotional roller coaster and accepts Christ's Words as truth. The disciples, up until the very night Christ is being taken, are going to be in disbelief and will not embrace what Christ is doing. Peter even thinks he can stop it from happening!
We often feel as though we are going to sway the path God is going to take. When what God is doing doesn't seem to be logical for us, or it seems so contrary to our plans, we fight against it just like Peter. We will cut off proverbial ears to stop it from happening, or quite literally do anything we can to keep our plan properly moving forward. I wonder if we could learn from Mary's example. I wonder if we could truly humble ourselves before our God and say, "it is You who ordains our steps, it is You who plans the path of the world, let us follow You and not try to lead You." Mary anointed His head and feet knowing that she was about to watch Him do the very thing that they all struggled to even accept was coming. Mary trusted that God knew far more than her, and though the plan seemed crazy she knew He had great things planned. I wonder where we are today? Are we Peter looking to stop the whole plan with a passionate, religious front... or are we pouring out our most expensive possessions (perhaps your life) in an act of humble worship and agreement to follow His steps.
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking God that YOU don't get to determine His plan. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking Him to guide you in how to step into His plan.
Are you following Him today, or are you trying to determine the plan? Remember what He said Sunday: John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Are you following or leading?