11:38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.

39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”

Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”

40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

Jesus was in the business of obliterating obstacles. The stone lying over the face of a tomb is a formidable barrier, especially after the occupant has been dead for four days. There are good reasons not to move the stone. Standing at the mouth of a cave with

a stone lying against it,

feels like an utterly helpless place to be. Confronted by a tomb, in the natural realm, there is no hope of life.

Martha points out the obvious,

“Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”

But, Jesus refused to be confined by the natural realm. For him no barrier was too great.

For Jesus every dead-end presents a block to perceiving “the glory of God”.  And no effort or cost is too great to opening the way to the possibility of a deepening awareness of God’s glory at work even in the midst of death.

Jesus came in part to demonstrate that there are ultimately no barriers to Life. There are no dead-ends. Life is always stronger than death. There is always a way through any circumstance for those who trust in the triumphant power of Love. It is not a matter of whether or not it is reasonable to remove the stone. The only question is, can I believe that, despite the evidence of my senses and the rationale of my mind, there always remains a way beyond every barrier.

What are the situations in life that feel to me like dead-ends?

How can I find within myself that deep trust that there are ultimately no obstacles that can defeat the power of Love?