The Box

She went into her closet and pulled out a box

In it, was a small bottle

She had kept it for just the right occasion

When she would wear her exquisite gown …oh how elegant she would look

Of course she would wear this perfume

It had been expensive, but well worth it,

All those precious oils, and such a delicate smell

She took the box and off she went

She had heard of Him

She had even followed Him

He was in the town

Talking to people as He always did

Giving them hope and teaching them amazing things

He made everything so clear

“Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word

That proceed out of the mouth of God”

The  masses followed Him because they were so hungry

It was not just physical hunger but spiritual hunger caused by their search for the Creator

And He had the answers

He led them to God


The box

With the box tucked in her gown

She had overheard them saying that he had been invited to Simon’s house

For dinner

She had to see Him

There was something about Him…

Such a pure heart

She pressed through the crowd

She saw Him sitting at the table

Talking to people as He always did,

All eyes on Him, the people around Him hanging on to every word He said


Slowly she walked towards Him

And opened the box

Inside was a small bottle

Filled with sweet smelling perfume

She opened it and poured on His head


It was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop

She could sense the shock of the people around her

But it  didn’t matter

It was worth it

To her He was worthy of much more than just her expensive perfume

He was worthy of her heart.


Mark 14:3-9 (NASB)

While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.  But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her.  But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.  She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”

© Catherine Maina 2018

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