“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table”
I have always loved this story Lord. This account of a nameless woman who perceived in You a beauty, love and life that touched her own life with new light and hope. She honoured You with the only things of value that she had – her public acknowledgement and this ‘alabaster jar of very expensive perfume.’ Your disciples were indignant at the ‘waste’, but she had seen a truth that they were still to discover. You accepted her and her gift of which You said simply ‘She has done a beautiful thing to me.’ And then You added that, ‘Wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’ And so it is. She remains nameless to us – but You know her name and will never forget.
It reminds me of that event I witnessed at a girls senior school. On Valentine’s Day long-stemmed red carnations were sent to the matriculants from their counter-parts at a local boy’s school. They were badges of honour to the girls who would not have wanted to have missed out on receiving one. This story was read in the chapel that day and obviously had an impact. Early the next morning when I went into the chapel there was one long-stemmed red carnation lying on the altar. It was a valued gift from another nameless woman to her Lord. But again, Lord, You know who she is and will never forget – for she too has done a beautiful thing to You.
How precious it is that we can bless you like this – not to gain anything but just to acknowledge how special You are to us. I know that it is not the commercial value of the gift itself that is important – it is the value that You have in our hearts and the way that it is reflected in our gift. All that You really want from me is all of my heart. I so want to give it to You but keep finding bits of me there that are hanging on! Thank You that You do accept what I can give You and wait in loving patience as I look to free up other parts as well.
I do love You Lord – and I do want to get to the ‘with all of my heart’ as well. I know that You will help me. Thank You!