Isn’t It Time You Stepped Out Of Your Tomb?

We all get buried alive at some point in our lives. It can be of our own doing or we may have been the unwitting victims of other people or circumstances beyond our control. Either way we come to our senses covered in dust and fumbling around in the darkness for some way out. The air is stifling and we can feel the panic rising in our throats. Our natural inclination is to scream. But who would hear us if we did?

You see that’s one of the annoying things about tombs. You don’t get many people hanging around them apart from the occasional loved one paying their respects. Or possibly a rogue gravedigger or gardener squeezing in a bit of overtime before the Easter break. Normally though tombs are pretty deserted places. Just you and your thoughts. So there’s no point really in screaming. Looks like you are going to have to figure your own way out of this predicament.

Which brings me to Awkward Issue Number Two. Tombs are kind of designed so as occupants have no problem getting into them but when it comes to leaving again, well that’s a whole different ball game. Once you’re in there nobody really expects you to have a change of heart and leave again. There are no fire exits, no secret compartments and no skylights. It’s one way traffic so sit back and make yourself comfortable. You’re not going anywhere in a hurry. That big, old boulder isn’t going to budge an inch no matter how hard you huff and puff at it.

Hmmmm. This isn’t going so well is it? Looks like we’re well and truly stumped here. If only we had Jesus to exert some of that supernatural power of his and roll away that pesky boulder as if it was a tiny pebble. Oh hang on a minute, we can. Or if Jesus isn’t your thing why don’t you hang your hat on whatever your understanding of a ‘Higher Power’ is. It can be Brahman or Buddha or any other spiritual life force you choose but choose quick cos you’re not getting out of here on your own.

It’s time to realise you’ve messed up and you don’t know how to make things better. Once you’ve handed that over it’s half the battle. You’re buried alive under tonnes of guilt, shame, lies, sin, whatever. It can be an addiction, a toxic relationship, a mental health or eating disorder, anything. But whatever it is you are six feet under and the rest. You’re running out of air and there’s no sign of the cavalry coming over the horizon. You are sunk without a trace.

Now nice and slowly. Hand it over.

Pray. Scream. Throw some stuff around if it makes you feel better. Hey, you can even curse if you want. This isn’t church and I won’t be telling. But when you’re done I can guarantee that you’ll feel better. For you’ve taken that first step. Accepting that your situation is out of control and that you need help. Acknowledging that things can be better and you want to keep walking in that direction. Having faith that whatever it is you have chosen to cling to will somehow get you back to a life worth living.

What’s that? A slight rumble at first but slowly it increases in volume. Dust starts to cascade from the ceiling, the ground beneath your feet begins to shake. Thin shafts of light permeate the gloom as the supposedly immovable object rotates ever so slowly away to reveal daylight outside. Fresh air seeps into your starved lungs and you rub your eyes in disbelief. Can this be real? You’re free? Or at least starting out on the road to freedom. Armed with faith, hope and the love of others who have been through what you are going through and survived to tell the tale.

Three steps and you’re there. Accepting the problem is out of your control. Handing it over to a power higher than yourself. And then accepting the help of wiser, experienced people who have walked the same road. My hope today for you is that if you are reading this, entombed and lost that you realise that all is not lost. All tombs can be breached and no stone is too heavy not to be rolled away. Light will always extinguish darkness and love and faith will always overcome anguish and despair. Just believe and step out into the garden.

Are you in a tomb? Have you extricated yourself from one in the past? Please share you experiences below.

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  1. This is what being “born again” is all about! Gone is the old, on with the new. We all need to step out of those old habits and ways and step into the newness of life that Christ gives us. What a marvelous opportunity Christ gives us to do that – every day if need be!

    Happy Easter – be blessed.

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  2. “That big, old boulder isn’t going to budge an inch no matter how hard you huff and puff at it.“

    This made me chuckle. And how true is it?! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and hope!

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  3. Amazing post. It definitely spoke too me. I will share I have walked out of the tomb completely. The boulder of fear, resentment, bitterness, misery, and unforgiveness have been lifted by the power of Jesus. I’m still a work in progress, but nevertheless, I am walking with Jesus.

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  4. Like Tiffany, through decades of hard work, I have exited a tomb or two in my life too. It is GOOD!!!! to be in the sunlight!!!! I can tell you that!

    I just really enjoyed the excellent writing in this post but also this at the end:

    “All tombs can be breached and no stone is too heavy not to be rolled away. Light will always extinguish darkness and love and faith will always overcome anguish and despair. Just believe and step out into the garden.”

    Thank you for encouraging!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Currently in a tomb. Can see a small crack of light i just hope i can get to it. I have been suffocating for far to long now. I need to breath fresh clean air once again!! I do not want the stale dry air i have had to breath for many many months now.

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  6. Well, well, well, I think you just inspired me. At least temporarily. This is so beautiful. I aspire to write as smoothly and beautifully as you do. My stuff is a bunch of rambling for now, I’ll find my flow eventually lol.

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  7. What a wonderful metaphor for the dark places we find ourselves in and what a liberating message for Easter! Thank you! Now that I am “out of my tomb” I live to shine His light!! We are an Easter people – especially those of us who have been entombed and have broken the bonds. A blessed Easter Monday to you!

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  8. Thank u …I am in a tomb….trying to crack post graduation entrance exam of medical. …it was the 3rd time after 6 months of only preparation and no job….and it’s all gloomy as results r out..but I am not getting through. …feel i am in a tomb…no use telling others…all are ahead of me…friends have left….it’s too alone here….i m in a great doom…

    As you said I pray to my lord to handle my situation and let me forward towards my 4th preparation. …

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  9. …I am in a tomb….trying to crack post graduation entrance exam of medical. …it was the 3rd time after 6 months of only preparation and no job….and it’s all gloomy as results r out..but I am not getting through. …feel i am in a tomb…no use telling others…all are ahead of me…friends have left….it’s too alone here….i m in a great doom…

    As you said I pray to my lord to handle my situation and let me forward towards my 4th preparation. …

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