Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Stone was Rolled Away

Have you ever been concerned about something?

Worried, even?

About something really BIG?

The other day I read about a few women who had such a concern. Here's their story:
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"

~Mark 16:1-3
It was customary for the living to care for the dead by anointing their body with spices. And because Jesus meant so much to these women, they were especially eager to take care of Him. But what about the stone? Who would move it?
I've read that the stone in front of Jesus' tomb was likely between 5 and 6 feet tall, and up to a foot thick. Certainly too big for three women to move!
What ever would they do???

My suggestion would be to keep reading.
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.

~Mark 16:4
God had already taken care of the stone!
In fact, He'd done a lot more than roll away the stone. He'd made a way for all of mankind to be reconciled to Himself. Jesus was not there. He is risen! The tomb was empty. What a sight for those dear women.

Besides my relief in making it to the resurrection, this passage in Mark encourages me because it reminds me that nothing in my life - no concern or worry or struggle or hardship - is too big for my GOD to handle. I am trusting there will be a day when I will look up and see that the stone - which is very large - has been rolled away. And though I don't particularly like waiting, I have learned God's timing and His purposes are perfect. I can trust Him.

And so can you.

Is there a very large stone in your way today? I pray God will use these words to encourage you, too. May you know with confidence that your Father in heaven sees you, knows what you need, and is able to roll your stone away.



Leah @ Point Ministries said...

What a wonderful and needed reminder. NOTHING is too hard for God. That is why Jeremiah 32: 17 is one of my all-time favorite verses. Such a great reminder.

BASSakward Tales said...

I love your blog! You are such a gifted writer. Yes there are stones in my life...I am trusting God to remove them. I hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving!

Karen Hossink said...

Leah - That's right. NOTHING. Glad you were encouraged :)

Ginny - Thank you. Praying God will show you His power and grow your faith as He rolls those stones away.