Doing the Next Thing

Mark 16:5-7 ESV: And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.
  And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”

Doing the next thing can be so hard to do.

Who of us hasn’t experienced times when our pain and questions were so intense that it was hard to see past the fog? The women who were on their way to the tomb must have been in such a state.

On the way to the tomb, they wondered about the stone. Unknown to them, their problem had already been removed. The door to the tomb was open, unleashing His invincible power to all believers!

Yet the words, “See . . . Go, . . . tell . . . He is going ahead of you,” must have been lost to their ears.

They were simply asked to do the next thing: Go and tell. They were assured of success as the angel spoke, “He is going ahead of you.”

Obviously, they saw the empty tomb. They went as they were told to do.

Yet they did not tell.

Scripture informs us that they were “trembling and bewildered” and “said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” (v. 8)

I’ve been there. Paralyzed by fear. Immobilized by worry. Stagnated by anxiety. Unwilling to really believe that He actually is going before me. Sure, I know it in my head, but I can’t move beyond that point. Later, I wonder how I could have been so incapacitated. Yet at the time, it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other. I just want to hibernate and hide.

It is often our fear that causes us to fail in doing the next thing.  

Sometimes God asks something small of us –  and sometimes what He asks is huge. At times, we are so immobilized by fear and pain that we can’t decide what to do next. Sometimes we can’t take the next step because we are unwilling to do what is required of us.

What was true for the women then is true for us today. Jesus is going before us. The same power that raised Him from the dead and moved the stone for all the world to see is ours today.

Doing the next thing can be so difficult when we worry about who is going to roll back the stone. We forget that He has already unleashed that power to us!

Chickadee photo by  Ken Ruhl.

When we walk in His power and presence, then and only then, can we do the next thing.

What is the next thing that He is asking you to do?

photo credit Aaron Slabach

Take the next step forward. Do the next thing.


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