Read: "Jesus was eating in Bethany at the home of Simon, who once had leprosy, when a woman came in with a very expensive bottle of sweet-smelling perfume. After breaking it open, she poured the perfume on Jesus' head" (Mark 14:3, CEV).
Think About It: He felt abandoned, without purpose, and completely confused. The only one he trusted was the reflection of his own face in the mirror. Who was God, where was He, and why didn't it seem that He cared? He began to live his life trusting in his own logic, his own understanding, never allowing himself to grow to close to anyone for fear that they, too, would prove what he already assumed to be reality. Days and weeks turned into months and years, and this young man was now officially on his own, leaving his own footprints on the journey of life. After encountering a series health care disappointments, surgeries, and increasing confusion, this tired traveler on life's winding journey began to discover that, perhaps, he wasn't quite so all alone. What he had once been convinced were periodic coincidences of life began to come together like some grand assembly of a masterful work of divine art. Though there had been many questions with many more to come, the moment had come. Tired of fighting alone, desperately longing for purpose, and overwhelmed by a love stronger than anything before encountered, this man that was once lost, was now found. Stammering over words, but with hope and conviction, confessed both his brokenness and his need for Jesus. Sure, there would be those that would not understand, and the voices of opposition would be strong. The brokenness that had been his life was now his song of worship. He poured out his heart, his pain, and all that had been his past on the One who had a hope and a future just for him. Brokenness was his beginning for completion.
Going Deeper: A woman. A bottle of expensive perfume. Jesus. This was a moment of both truth and an example that would influence generations to come. As she walked into the house were Jesus was, she had only one thought on her mind. She would pour this perfume upon Him. There would be those who would not understand. The voices would be loud and they would be heard. There was no question that she had entered the cross hairs of public opinion. The jar that she brought was made of beautiful alabaster and was worth the sum of one year's wage. The only way for her anoint Jesus with this precious oil was to break the flask. The idea of brokenness would ensure that she would never be able to be in control of the contents of that jar. It was now or never, all or nothing. She broke it. She gave it. He received it. It would be forever remembered.
Next Steps: The love of Jesus is greater than any situation that you have ever faced. It is greater and stands more powerful than every obstacle, every failure, every hurt, and every doubt and fear that has ever sought to overpower you. There is a great and continual temptation to hold on to that which really has a hold on you. Break it. Break the hold. Consider that which consistently attempts to rob you of the peace and the purpose you long to enjoy. Imagine that in a priceless vessel, one that appears handsome and beautiful on the outside, but it is filled to the brim with that which has never been exposed. Choose not to give into fear. Break the jar. Allow your innermost desires, fears, insecurities, dreams, and failures to pour out over Jesus. He's not taken surprise by what's inside. He's not turned away. He receives it. He receives you. Worship Him with ALL that you are.