And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"
It is sunrise. The first day of the week.
The women, with their precious spices, head to the tomb of their beloved Lord.
Weeping. Sharing their grief. Perhaps, apprehensive and fearful of seeing once more the broken and bloodied body of Jesus. Or, maybe, longing to gaze again at the Master's face, though still and lifeless.
To bathe Him with their tears. To lovingly anoint His body. To give Him one last gift before His tomb is sealed forever.
And, He is no more.
Whether it is their immense sorrow or sleepless nights, we cannot know.
Know why they would not think or prepare for this dilemma.
Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?
A monumental obstacle. An insurmountable problem.
Standing solidly between them and their mission.
What should they do? Do they stop and discuss their options? Argue over whether to go back to get help? Or, should they proceed to their destination?
They press on. In faith. Obstacle or no obstacle.
Do not look back. Move forward in hope.
And, then, the miraculous . . .
When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. (Mark 16:4)
Moved. Removed. By the mighty hand of God.
Are there obstacles in your life that are preventing you from moving forward?
Will you join me in prayer?
When we face obstacles along life's journey, Father, may we trust You to show us how to move forward in faith. Let us see our roadblocks not as hindrances, but as opportunities to learn and grow in the Spirit. Help us to seek Your will for us in all that we do. Amen.
Psalms 93, 98 or 66
1 Corinthians 15:1-11