The Heart Already Knows

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” (John 20:15)

The mind cannot understand
what the heart already knows.
Our intellect searches for explanations,
Evidence, and reasons to dismiss
The miraculous and the mysterious
Ways of God.

Someone must have taken him,
We are certain because we
placed him here, and now
Returning to pay homage to our
Revolutionary leader. Gone
He is not here, lying in the grave.
Someone must have moved him.

Was it you, Mr. Gardner?
Did you move our Savior?
Was it you, Mr. Gardner?
Who tends the vines and
The branches.
Was it you, Mr. Gardner?
Have you cut him off,
Have you thrown him
Into the fire?

Simply tell me the truth,
No harm, no foul, no retaliation.
No one will blame you,
No one will be angry with you.
Tell the truth, and all will be
Forgiven. I will go get him.

We can dry the tears,
But the loss still lengers.
Long after the procession
Is over, and the grave sealed.
We return to the scene
hoping for new news,
Expecting things to be the same.

Why do I cry? I promised God
there would be no whimpering, no tears.
I promised myself, not this time.
I will visit the grave silently,
Reverently, and stoically.
I will pay my proper respects, hoping
Things would be different, this time.

Overwhelmed with emotion,
Tears form. Distraught,
Oceans of emotions flood my
Eyes. Dropping to the floor.
Mixing with the tears of the Apostles,
women, and saints. Overjoyed,
he is not here. He is Risen!

Realizing that everything has changed.
There is no explanation or reasoning,
Someone has taken Him: God.
The mind cannot understand
what the heart already knows.

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About Dr. Ivan E. Greuter

A native of Nebraska, Ivan accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and experienced a call to the ministry at a young age. He graduated from Kearney Senior High before attending Ottawa University (Kansas) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL to earn a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling (1999) and a Master of Arts in Philosophical Theology (2002). In 2014, Ivan earned a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Spirituality from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. His dissertation: “Searching For God When You Have Lost Your Dogma: The Promise of New Life for an American Baptist Congregation by Increasing Passionate Spirituality through Devotional Consideration of the Doctrine of the Trinity and Natural Church Development.” He served as the senior minister at First Baptist Church of Wood River, Illinois (1999-2006), and Central Baptist Church of Quincy, Illinois (2006-2016) prior to joining the staff at West Side Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Ivan enjoys French cooking, fly fishing, gardening, and playing games with family and friends. Ivan and his wife, Rexanne, live in Topeka with their three children – two daughters and a son.
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1 Response to The Heart Already Knows

  1. William Le Feber says:

    What a joy to see this in my inbox again! Thank you!!!

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