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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)

TITLE: Amid Every Quandary
By Verna Cole Mitchell


See them there at early dawn on the first day of the week—Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome, their sandals stirring up dust on the path as they hasten along with spices and ointments to anoint the body of Jesus. Notice their heads bowed with grief as they murmur about their memories of the time spent following the Master and the lessons they learned from His teachings, as well as the terrible things they witnessed at His crucifixion.

As they draw nearer to the tomb cut in stone, graciously provided by Joseph of Arimathea, they speak of a dilemma: how will they be able to find someone to roll away the stone, barring the entrance to the
tomb? They are not physically strong enough to roll the huge stone away, and they have come alone to minister to the body of their Lord as their culture dictates.

Imagine their surprise when they arrive to find the stone rolled away, and then their amazement at seeing a young man (an angel) in a white robe, seated inside the tomb. He tells them not to be alarmed because Jesus has risen, and he shows them the place where He had been laid.
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There is much to be said for the faithfulness of Jesus’ followers and for the significance of His resurrection to every believer then and in all the years since. As I read this story in Mark 16 during a time of Bible study, I was impressed by the fact that the concern the women had about moving the stone had been taken care of, even before they mentioned it.

This incident made me think of the omnipresence of our God. I was reminded that in the midst of every quandary of our lives, He is there. Sometimes He sends an answer even before we ask, but in those times when we aren’t sure which direction to choose, we have the assurance that He will never leave us, and He has sent His Holy Spirit to guide us through each predicament. We can trust always in God’s omnipotence and in His steadfast love for us.

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C D Swanson 03/08/12
Loved this entry...nicely done. Thank you.

God bless~
Carol Penhorwood 03/09/12
Beautifully done with a great point. Most of the things we worry about never happen.
Donna Wilcher03/10/12
Thank you...much food for thought.
Melinda Melton 03/10/12
Wonderful devotional. One of our favorite songs during Lent is "Roll Away the Stone". Nice entry. God Bless!
Yvonne Blake 03/10/12
Good thoughts on a familiar story!
Danielle King 03/10/12
A good use of the topic and food for thought.
Allen Povenmire 03/12/12
God's omnipresence has been a prevailing thought for me lately and your piece was yet another reminder that He is constantly working in our lives, whether we realize it or not. Thanks.
Amanda Brogan03/13/12
Beautiful little devotional piece! A great reminder that God is there to show us the way and solve our quandary even in the times when we have no idea what to do next. Thanks for posting!
Laura Manley03/14/12
Something of which you speak happened to me the other day. I had been thinking (only thinking) of something that I really would like to happen. Without bothering the Lord for it because even though I wanted it, I found it so minute as to ask God Himself. But he granted this thing to me and I was blessed because of it. Your analogy makes sense and your story was well-received by this reader. Nicely done!
Dannie Hawley 03/15/12
Good title for your article and easy-to-recall reminder. God has always been there, preparing the way before we get there. He will always see that we have what we need. Nicely done from start to finish.