I don’t know how many times I have felt the Lord whisper something to me and I can instantly think of a few good reasons why what he is saying is not a good idea.
That happened with my homeschooling journey, one I have since nicknamed “the great homeschooling adventure”, as glory continues to cover this wild ride. I had a good many reasons why choosing to keep my kids home with me ALL. THE. TIME. seemed a little excessive.
Mary and Martha, our friends from the New Testament who were very close to Jesus, and knew him personally and loved him dearly – they went through the same thing! They believed in Jesus and in his power. In fact when their brother, Lazarus, died, the sisters were desperately heartbroken that Jesus had not been there, because they KNEW that Lazarus would have lived.
Here is what happened after Jesus arrived in town and asked to be taken to where their brother was buried.
Then Jesus, with intense emotions, came to the tomb—a cave with a stone placed over its entrance. Jesus told them, “Roll away the stone.”
Then Martha said, “But Lord, it’s been four days since he died—by now his body is already decomposing!”
Jesus looked at her and said, “Didn’t I tell you that if you will believe in me, you will see God unveil his power?”
So they rolled away the heavy stone.
John 11:38-42a TPT
So they rolled aware the heavy stone.
They took a big, brave, bold step of faith. They made a move of radical obedience. Jesus had not laid out what he was going to do, he just extended an invitation to see God’s power at work. And in the face of potentially seeing a horrible, decomposing body and smelling disgusting smells that I can’t even begin to imagine, they said yes to seeing God’s glory, trusting that Jesus had a good plan, and they rolled away the heavy stone.
Just let that sink in.
That is like an arrow through my heart. Because I know what is coming next, but they didn’t! I can read the story with this great anticipation that Lazarus is going to come back to life, but they didn’t know that yet!
This kind of blind obedience just gets me and shakes me up to the core. That’s a brave yes.
What’s your first step in the face of fear?
Right now I stand in front of a few tombs. Some hold dreams that I think have died, some hold people I’ve given up on, some hold potential that I’ve let go of. But Jesus calls today and says roll away the stone.
Isn’t that our reaction, like Mary? But Lord!? What if I fail? What if it hurts? What if I seem foolish to the world for trying again?
But Jesus reminds us it isn’t about what we can do or what we will do. He is inviting us to see his miraculous power at work in our lives. We just need to answer the call to roll away the stone. To take the first step. To open our heart again.
Then with a loud voice Jesus shouted with authority: “Lazarus! Come out of the tomb!”
Then in front of everyone, Lazarus, who had died four days earlier, slowly hobbled out—he still had grave clothes tightly wrapped around his hands and feet and covering his face! Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.”
John 11:43-44 TPT
Imagine the outrageous joy in that moment. A little step of faith unleashed a whole ton of miraculous power flowing through our Saviour.
In the face of unknowns, remember, he is the God who brings the dead to life. When he calls, we can say yes, and leap right into an exciting adventure with him!
Saying a brave yes right along with you,