Who Will Roll Away the Stone? by Barbara Korell

Who? What? Where? When?  Why?  How?…..are fabulous questions to ask when reading a good mystery, or when taking notes on a History chapter, or when investigating a passage of scripture.  As you may remember from English class, they are called interrogative words or question words. They are function words used to ask a question. There is much to be learned when we use these interrogative words in the right context.

However, when it comes to matters of the heart, unless we are investigating our own sinful behavior, interrogative words often display a lack of trust in our Lord Jesus. All women deal with difficult issues in our lives related to our family, job, health, finances, relationships, the past, present, or future. As I was reading Mark 16 in my One Year Bible last week, God’s word caused me to ponder some of my own past, present, and future issues.

Mark 16:1-6
“Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body.  Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb.  On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.” 

The women were conversing about who they were going to secure to roll away the stone for them so that they could anoint Jesus’ body.  From the sounds of it, worry monopolized their conversation for the duration of their trip. Rather than spend precious time remembering Jesus, and focusing on The One they were about to anoint, they were fretting. He already had it taken care of! They didn’t realize that the God of the universe had raised Jesus from the dead! He was risen, He was risen indeed, and  He knew their desire to anoint the body that was no longer in the grave! 

I literally wept when I read this! I praised God right then and there for how thankful I am for the truth that Jesus is risen, and for the many times I have experienced His care and help through difficult obstacles in my life. I also confessed, once again, my sin of fear and fretting, and surrendered those present and future issues to my Savior, praising Him that I need not worry about the “large stones” in my life.Praise God that He raised Jesus from the dead, and rolled away the stone – all the challenges in our lives don’t begin to touch the power behind this one act of God!  The same God that raised Jesus from the dead has everything else under His control.

Lord, help us to focus on You, our Savior, instead of the “large stones” in our lives. You want our trust, worship, and obedience.  You have the rest covered. This is not an excuse from praying often about those challenges in life, but rather, it is a reminder that as we pray, whether or not we like the outcome, YOU already know our needs, and YOU have it covered, because Jesus is Risen, He is risen indeed, and the stone was rolled away!!!

Psalm 55:16
But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night, I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me.

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”

Psalm 56:3-4
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. I praise God for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?”

Barbara and husband, Jordon, have lived in India, Arkansas, and Chicago area, but have lived the longest in Des Moines. They moved to Des Moines to be a part of Valley Church in 1997. Jordon became campus pastor at Valley Southview in February of 2015. They have three daughters: Brittany (Erik) Heard (28), Aleena (23), Janine (17). Barbara says:,  "I love Jesus, His Word, and am thankful for His Unfailing love. I enjoy baking, visiting over a cappuccino, prayer walks with friends. I teach piano at Des Moines Christian School part-time. Jordon and I are passionate about helping couples find Christ-centered oneness in marriage."