Chapter-a-Day Mark 16

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?” Mark 16:1-3 (NLT)

When I read this passage from today’s chapter, it struck me how completely un-female-like it was for the ladies to head off for the tomb with no idea how they were going to get the giant stone covering the tomb rolled away from the entrance. Women, at least most all the women I know, don’t do anything without a structured plan of execution that is both reasonable and efficient.

Nevertheless, the three ladies headed to Jesus’ tomb without fully understanding what would happen when the arrived, nor how they could possible reach the body of Jesus and accomplish what they intended. They journeyed to the tomb in faith believing that somehow they could get the stone rolled away and would get to Jesus. They had no idea how they would be rewarded for their faith.

It struck me that it’s that way for any of us who have sought after Jesus. We don’t quite know how we’re going to find Him, nor do we quite understand what we might find and what might happen if and when we do. I regularly find that for those who honestly seek after Jesus there is no clear road map and no reasonable plan of execution. We don’t have a list of necessary supplies. We just head out onto the path with a heart’s desire to find Him. It’s a faith journey, after all.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Jesus

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