From Obstacles to Stepping Stones

While the whole Christian world is in the midst of the Easter season and joyfully celebrates, there might be some who, despite the outward festivities, feel heaviness in their hearts. This heavy burden could be the stone that blocks Jesus’ tomb which is too heavy for us to remove.

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

The three women were anticipating the problem of  how to roll away the stone at the entrance of Jesus’ tomb, since neither one of them nor the three of them together is strong enough to lift the large stone aside.

We have stones in our life which we cannot move. These may be stones of debt, relationship issues, problems in the office, illness or whatever burden troubling you. You may have tried everything, exerted every effort, stormed the heavens with prayers… to no avail. And so, you become resigned to your fate, and let hope fade from your heart

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. ~ Mark 16:4

There they were, brows knitted in anxiety, when all along the problem they have been worrying about actually no longer existed! When in despair you say, “I can’t” Jesus answers you with a loud, “I already did!”

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!  ~ Mark 16:6

While everyone saw the end in His death, Jesus has already moved on to a new chapter when He rose to new life. His victory over death signifies our victory… especially in the things that trouble us – how trivial it all seems in light of what the Lord has accomplished with His Resurrection. There is much to be thankful for!

Be thankful each and every day… even if the blessing is not yet there. The hurts we experience now, one day we will realize are nothing compared to the happiness that waits for us, that the Lord has achieved and prepared for us.

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