Each of us encounter the risen Lord in many ways. One primary way we encounter Him is through personal encounters which are unique for each and every person — intimate and private.
We grow in our awareness that God knows and understands us with love and compassion. What we find in the process, is that God draws us to know and understand Him. He does so personally: to a gardener, He reveals Himself and speaks through the gardening process; to the fisherman, through fishing; to the shepherd through sheep; to a parent, through a child. He meets us where we are and ministers to us through personal experiences and situations so we can know Him for ourselves. Mary recognized Jesus after He had risen when He called her by name. This indicated His knowledge, love and care for her like only He could. When we seek the Lord, in the midst of our tears, we will find Him closer than we ever expected.
The personal relationship we have with the Lord is such an individual experience it cannot be compared with others. We can never think that one is experiencing the presence of the Lord more than another, because it’s not the more or less, it’s the one on one. It can never be identically repeated, because God’s ways are new every day. Familiarity can hinder our hearing from God through a new approach. We are taught not to take things personally, but that doesn’t apply to what comes from the Lord: it is personal, from glory to glory!
John 20:15-16 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).