She Did What She Could!
She did what she could. That’s a biblical statement you know. The context has to do with the women who poured expensive perfume on the head and feet of Jesus. Here it is:
”She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.” - Mark 14:8 (the words of Jesus)
It’s a remarkable statement.
There is a prolific hymn writer named Fanny Crosby who wrote 8,000 hymns including two in our hymnal – “Take the World, but Give Me Jesus” (CW355) and “To God be the Glory” (CW399); both amazing hymns and a real joy to sing. What you may not know is that she lost her eyesight at the age of 6 weeks as a result of poor medial care. How does a blind women go on to write 8,000 hymns? What is the best way to answer this incredible assertion? - She did what she could!
Fanny Crosby must have been one humble lady because her tombstone located in Bridgeport, CT reads “She Did What She Could.” I guess that statement was enough for Mary, the dispenser of perfume and it was enough for Fanny the Hymn writer as well. She did what she could! I hasten to think what more she might have done given the gift of eyesight.
The context of that statement has to do with worship. It was an act of worship that the woman performed when she poured the expensive aromatic perfume over Jesus’ body and so it is as well that Fanny Crosby worshipped her savior as she pondered him in her heart and was inspired by the Spirit to pen 8,000 hymns. After all, she did what she could.
Mary loved Jesus more than anything and spent what was likely to be her greatest earthly possession on Him. This is an act of Worship; an extravagant act. Mary’s worship was over the top. It was a lavish display of affection. It was heartfelt and commensurate with the priceless treasure that Mary saw in Jesus. Mary’s heart was in the right place. Mary was struggling to find the best way to express that which is inexpressible. She did what she could.
Fanny did the same. She poured out her heart through song writing. She did what she could.
Now that you know about Fanny Crosby’s blindness, consider her lyrics a bit closer:
“Take the world, but give me Jesus!
Sweetest comfort of my soul.
With the Savior watching over me,
I can sing, though thunders roll.
Take the world, but give me Jesus!
In His cross my trust shall be,
Till with clearer, brighter vision,
Face to face my Lord I see.”
Oh, what height and depth of mercy;
Oh, what length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption,
Pledge of endless life above.” (CW355)
“Great things he has taught us, great things he has done!
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son,
But purer and higher and greater will be
our joy and our wonder when Jesus we see!” (CW399)
I took the liberty to boldface the lyrics that must have meant the world to the blind writer.