On my drive to work this morning, I heard the song by CeCe Winans, “Alabaster box.” I’ve heard the song before and even read the biblical story, written in the synoptic gospels but something in her lyrics stood out to me, this time. And it is this verse that says, “The room grew still as she made her way to Jesus. She stumbled through the tears that make her blind. She felt such pain, some spoke in anger, heard folks whisper; there’s no place here for her kind.” Who has ever found yourself in a position of being talked about, lied on and shamed when all you want to do is get to the feet of Jesus? You’re being misused because somebody said you didn’t belong and all you want to do is bring all that you have to Jesus. Nobody has to remind you of all that you’ve gone through and done because you live it every day but all you need is to get close to Him. Anybody ever been there or felt like this? Walking, stumbling because the tears are limiting your sight. In pain because no matter what you’ve tried, it still will not work. Hearing the anger in folk’s voice when they speak your name yet you’ve got to walk on. Trying to block out the whispers but they still seem to reach that place in your heart and it hurts. Yet, are you still willing to press your way to Jesus, pouring out all that you have onto Him?
See, the alabaster jar and the oil was very expensive; most in the town didn’t own it yet this “immoral” woman does and instead of selling it, she willingly pours it on the head of Jesus. Even when the disciples became angry at her for wasting the expensive oil, she poured it on Jesus’ head because what they considered waste, Jesus considered worship. And He says in Matthew 26:12, “She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial.” What does this mean? This means, you keep pouring even when it doesn’t make sense to those around you. You keep pouring into that place of worship folk keep talking about. You keep pouring out even when nobody is calling to fill your calendar. You keep pouring even when you’re being hurt by family and friends. Keep pouring even when it seems like waste to those around you. Keep pouring now because it is writing your history tomorrow. It’ll soon make sense! Jesus told those who were murmuring in the room in Matthew 26:13, “I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” Just keep pouring.