The heavy lifting
And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” Mark 16:3
How many times can you remember in life when you were worried or concerned about how something was going to work out, but when you got to that moment in time you found that it was already taken care of and there was no need to worry at all. Yet still when the next time came around, you worried again about how you would do something only to find that God had already taken care of it for you again.
In today’s key verse, the women were on their way to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. They began to worry how they were going to get to Jesus’ body because a large stone had been placed in front of the tomb, but when they got there an angel had already moved the stone and they were no longer worried about that. In fact, I don’t think they ever thought about it again because everything was completely different than they expected.
These ladies had done their part. They got up early. They went to the tomb. They came with everything they needed to anoint Jesus’ body. They had made all the preparations that they could, but the one thing they couldn’t do was move the stone. That was God’s part. God does all the heavy lifting.
In our daily struggles, are we putting everything on God, or are we doing the part within our ability and watching for God to meet us at the door that needs open or to make a path in the wilderness? He won’t do it all, but He will meet you at the point that you cannot go any further. However, you must start moving and doing your part before you will ever see the wonders He has prepared for you to walk in.
Today I want to encourage you to trust in God’s faithfulness. Commit whatever you are up against and moving toward to God. Ask Him to meet you at the precise moment that you are unable to move forward anymore. Know that whatever you are facing and whatever is coming up next in your life, He is already there and has rolled every stone away, opened every door and made a way through every wilderness. He holds you and He holds the future!!
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 16:1-11
1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large.
5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”
8 So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.
10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.
11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.