the alabaster box

Jules —  March 23, 2005

This has been heavy on my heart since the middle of last night. I feel impressed to share it on my blog. I typed this out this morning as soon as I woke up.

I am so glad to be a woman. I think as women we are blessed, because we grasp the romance of God easier than our male counterparts. There is a divine romance, that when understood, can touch us deeply. One of my male friends said he just can’t see himself in a gown, which causes me to giggle, because it is a ridiculous picture! Yet, the church is called the bride of Christ and we are the church.

I love the story of Mary and the alabaster box in Luke chapter 7:36-50. She came to Jesus full of passion for the One who loves her. The men in the room wanted to throw cold water on her passion, but Jesus quieted them. She was a sinful woman, but she came, bringing the good, bad and downright ugly parts of her. She brought her alabaster box full of very expensive perfume and broke it and poured it on the feet of Jesus, cleaning his feet with her hair and tears and kissing His feet relentlessly. She understood the romance. Of course, I am not talking about sexual feelings but all the other feelings that come with an intimate love relationship. She poured out everything that was important to her, everything of value, all of her hurts, all of her longings. She had been searching for the One who loved her and she had finally found the right feet!

There is a song that I love that captures this moment in such a beautiful way. As I listen, it makes me long to reach out and feel the feet of Jesus. It makes me wish for long hair like this Mary, to wipe His feet with.

Although we might not be able to physically touch Jesus’ feet as Mary did, and we probably don’t own extremely expensive perfume, we too, have our own alabaster boxes full of everything of value to us. In it are our gifts, our broken hearts, our pain, our joy, our desire to be loved as only He can love us. He is worthy and He is the safest place to lay it all down and He won’t allow man to get in the way!

My Aunt Marilyn posted her favorite scripture under my “Who Am I” page. It is John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Despite what the world may think, Jesus IS reality.

I want to share this song with you. Take a moment to quiet yourself and listen. Who knows, maybe you will have an encounter with the One who loves YOU!

Click HERE. If you have a dial up connection this download may take a while, it is a long song, but it’s soooooooo worth it through to the end.



10 responses to the alabaster box

  1. That is so powerful! I love the fact that we can have an intimate relationship with God. He isn’t “watching us from a distance” to quote a familiar song.

    On a side note, my friend Anna stayed at IHOP last fall and loved it!

  2. The Alabaster Box, WOW, that was good thoughts, Julie. I loved the message.

  3. I’ve been to IHOP prayer room a couple of times. They have shifts of musicians and singers that are scheduled around the clock 24/7. It never stops. I think in the middle of the night there might just be one person and a guitar. They meditate on scriptures ahead of time and sing and play spontaeously. At least, this is my understanding.It’s a really cool place to visit.

  4. I remember the first time I saw “The Victor” (an Easter pageant at Mid-America). I was doing OK, trying not to cry, but then they portrayed this very scene. I broke into tears at that moment (then every scene thereafter continued to bring me to tears). The thought of “my Jesus” showing me such love and forgivness was too much for me to absorb.

    There are few moments in my life where I can remember FEELING my salvation to such a degree. It’s one thing to say in your mind “sure I’m saved” & it’s another to feel that forgivness at the very core of your being. I guess I can’t describe it very well, but I will cherish that moment forever.

    In so many ways I feel that I can identify with Mary. Feeling unworthy to come before Christ in such a way. Who am I that GOD should know me? What makes me so special that CHRIST would know my name? But….just as I tell myself that I am reminded of who Mary was. She was in need of a savior in a way that I can never imagine. She needed Christ’s love and forgivness to the point that nothing else in her world mattered to her.

    Who was she that Christ should know her name? But He did know her name. In fact Christ understood that because she was in such a desperate state, she would cherish his forgivness that much more. When I really think about it I am so thankful for the times when I needed Christ’s forgiveness in that way. It brings me back to the realization that I can do nothing without Christ who is my strength.

  5. People like Caroline who have received so much forgiveness and healing seem to have a very deep passion and love for Jesus. They love much for they have been forgiven much. It’s a joy to see and I am humbled by it.

  6. I think one reason the Lord gives us those times when we are touched deeply like you described, Amber, is so that during the dry times in our life when we aren’t ‘feeling’ a lot, we can look back and remember and it will encourage us to hang in there…to stay in the race.

    Great thoughts, Amber! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  7. I think you are right. I know that whenever I am having a hard time I can always take a look back on certain key moments in my life. I try to remember that “if God cared enough about me back then to lift me up….He certainly still cares enough about me now to do the same”.

  8. Great post, Julie. That’s one of my all time favorite “sit in a room with the music really loud and just soak in it” kind of songs. I can picture Mary and put myself in her place.

    Sometimes I just need to hear Jesus say to all my accusers “Leave her alone”. I know that He does that for me and I am so glad that he will stop all the other voices to allow me to worship during a busy life and busy days – because He loves me.

  9. Good point about Him silencing all of the other voices in our busy day. I hadn’t thought of it that way!

  10. I want to find this Ihop place. So beautiful Jules