If I could add up all of the time I have spent worrying about how something is going to get accomplished, I’m sure I would be saddened. My faith tends to be one size smaller than whatever obstacle is in front of me. Do you find that true for yourself? On our way to fulfilling a call, we think about the barriers and instead of just trusting that God will remove the barriers, we wonder how we will remove the barriers, instead if believing God will.
In this moment in Mark 16:3, the women in Jesus’ life are on their way to the tomb to perform the ritual of anointing the body of their Beloved. They are completely caught up in trying to figure out how they are going to roll the huge stone away that blocks the entrance. They miss an opportunity for fellowship and trade the time for focusing on the challenge ahead of them. Their focus is off the purpose and on the problem. I don’t know about you, but I have done that too many times!
Last week, I had the opportunity to go to New York City. I have loved this city for as long as I can remember, and had never been. Fear was in my way for this trip. Fear of flying. Fear of new places and new people. Fear of elevators and subways. Fear in general. In the weeks leading up to the trip, God spoke through close friends over and over again, inviting me to keep my focus on the One taking me to NYC and not all of the challenges of going. I had no idea how I would roll my stone of fear away, and I was missing the opportunity to just believe He would do that work as I moved forward.
In Mark 16:4, the women arrive at the tomb finally look up. The take their focus off of the problem and they see the plan. God had already moved the stone!! All the time spent focused on how was just a waste because God had already accomplished what they couldn’t. It was never in God’s plan for them to move the stone, He always knew that He would have to do that work. He just needed them to go to the tomb. It would have been really easy for them to stay home and say they couldn’t go, couldn’t fulfill their purpose, because the challenge ahead was too great. And even though on the way to the tomb they focused on how they would accomplish a task that they really couldn’t do, they never let that perceived barrier stop them from going.
Last week, I boarded planes, took elevators, rode subways and saw God break the power of fear in my life in ways I didn’t even know I needed. I couldn’t break the fear on my own, I needed God. I found several times where I could identify that I would normally have had fear and yet, I had peace. Much like with the women at the tomb, the stone was already rolled away.
You won’t be able to move your obstacles to the call in your life…God will. Today, I feel there is an invitation before us: if we will, God will. So my question for you is, will you just move forward in what you know is your call and believe God will make a way? Here’s what I know for absolute certain, God will.