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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Roll Away Your Stone

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So we're at the end of the book of Mark and Mary Magdalene and Mary and some gal (maybe? do you know any Salomes?) named Salome are headed to Jesus' tomb. They know where he is. He's dead, he's not going anywhere. On top of that, his body is being guarded by Roman guards and it's in a tomb that has a giant rock for a door. Brinks Home Security System BC.

And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back— it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him." (Mark 16:3-6 ESV)

He just couldn't stay dead, you know?
That's mind-blowing. Life is not a TV show. When someone dies here, there isn't a chance that you'll see them again when they get cast as someone else's mom or the quirky cafeteria lady at a middle school in Ohio. What Jesus did was unprecedented. He came back to life and never died again.

But He had to because new things were happening.
And when new things are happening, you don't have time to be dead.

I look at my friends. I look at this community I'm surrounded by and I cannot ignore that something is happening. Things are changing. People are learning to love. People are seeking direction and wisdom. People are finding hope and that is all exciting to me because after I went on a ridiculous adventure in June, God totally gave my life an overhaul. It was a grueling process (that is still in progress because, Lord knows, I'm a hot mess) that seemed to have no end or rest in sight. Every day held the (un)joyous surprise of discovering one more thing I needed to let go of or get over or work through. That's rude. But it became clear that the advanced course on "Get Your Act Together" was probably happening because I was being prepared for the next step. The fact that God would find it worth his time to refine us and make us into something beautiful is something I'll never fully understand. And that is what is happening now- something beautiful is going on and it is the result of a lot of persistence and hard work and surrender.

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The point is we don't have to stay dead.
Who will roll away the stone for us?
As blatant and cheesy as it sounds, Christ.
He is remover of all hindrances from the path.
He is the one that takes away excuses and opens closed doors.
Even death is off the list of things stopping us.

So you can fight it, the process.
You can insist on sitting in the same place you've always sat.
You can ignore the fact that things are changing, and I don't have to have a special word from the Lord to know that they are.
Change will happen whether or not you plan for it.
You can stay dead, or you can get up and start walking.


1 comment:

gschof said...

oh we just need to write a book about all of this. all of this change and direction and purpose finding.

i'm so very proud of this season for you right now. thinking back to june and even a month ago... you are hopeful and trusting. love, love, love you.