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Ever feel like you’re stuck?  Like there’s something in front of you that’s stopping you from moving forward and getting to where you want to be in life?  Well, I’ve got good news.  It’s rolled away! Yes, everything that the enemy was trying to put in your way has been rolled away.  The way is open for you to move forward.

Mary Magdalene and the women that went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus thought about the stone that was in front of the tomb.

 St. Mark 16: 2-4

“And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came to the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away; for it was very great.”

They knew that a stone would be placed at the entrance of the tomb because that’s the way it was done, whether they physically saw it or not.  In their minds the stone was there.  I can image that when they rose up in the morning they thought about the stone and while they were walking and talking the stone was the topic of discussion.  But when they got there, they saw that the stone was rolled away.  They saw that all their concern and worry was for nothing because God had sent an angel to roll the stone away. 

Likewise, when the children of Israel got to the Red Sea all they could see was the sea.  They too felt they were stuck and couldn’t move forward.  But God told Moses to tell the people to go forward and for him to lift up his rod and stretch out his hand over the sea and divide it.

Exodus 14:21

“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land and the waters were divided.”

While Israel was resting, God caused the sea to be divided and the land to be dried.  They may have gone to sleep with the sea on their mind, but when they rose up, they saw that all their concern and worry was for nothing.  God had cleared the way for them to go forward.

Sometimes all we need to do is to take another look, but not with our natural eyes but with the eyes of faith.  When we do, we’ll see that grace has gone before us and has moved every stone and cleared the way for us to go forward.