In Mark 14:8, Jesus said of the woman, “She did what she could.” That’s so simple, but so important. God never asks us to do more than we can. I have often heard people say, “I wish I could do more.” It always causes me to ask myself, “I wonder if they are really doing what they can.” God will never require of you more than you can do. But if you do what you can, the attitude of Jesus will be just the same as it was toward that woman.
Jesus also said in Mark 14:8, “She poured perfume on My body beforehand to prepare for My burial.” That is an amazing statement. None of the disciples really believed Jesus was going to die and be buried at that time. Yet this woman, apparently of all the people, had the intuition—the revelation—that Jesus was to die and be buried.
After He died on the cross, they never did have time to anoint His body. They just had to wrap Him in sheets and put some perfume on the body. But they couldn’t do the real anointing. So, they missed the opportunity.
But I believe this woman was open to the Holy Spirit. That is my understanding. The Holy Spirit could tell her something because He could speak to her heart, not necessarily her head.
There is a saying in the French language: “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” I think the heart of that woman had some reasons that all the people who sat and reasoned just didn’t understand.