It stinks, it stinks, my life does stink
Groaned the woman on the brink.
Into the well she thought to sink.
Then Jesus offered her a drink.
“Believe in me, I am your life.
I bring new hope to calm your strife.
With peace to overcome your fear
As long as you have ears to hear.”
From her viewpoint, the world seemed bleak.
She doubted what she heard him speak.
In sorrow drowning, trembling, weak,
Before the one she’d come to seek,
She said, “If you’d been by his side,
My brother never would have died.
I knew the good times couldn’t last.
The time for miracles is past.”
“I’m with you now. You’re not alone.
Go to the tomb. Remove the stone,”
The Lord commanded in a way
She knew she needed to obey.
“But, Lord, it stinks. Don’t make me face
The stench of death which brings disgrace.
It stinks, it stinks, the pain’s too great.
I told you that you came too late.”
“Remove the stone from off the tomb.
And give the man some breathing room.
Remove the stone, complete the story
If you want to see God’s glory.”
“Believe,” is what he said to her.
So, she obeyed His Words so sure.
Then Jesus called. The man arose,
Because to heed God’s call she chose.
Does your life stink? Are you in pain?
And can you barely stand the strain?
Then take the stone from off your heart
And let God speak to every part.
“But Lord, the stench is far too great!
I fear you have arrived too late
To stop the sin I want to hide.
I dare not let you touch my pride.”
Some won’t let Jesus near their tomb.
They will not give Him any room.
But for those who let Him in,
God’s glory will be seen with in.
We all have things in our lives that stink, areas in which God wants to shine His light. He wants to do miracles for us, replacing death with life. But in order for Him to do that, we must surrender whatever “stones” lie in the way. Perhaps the greatest stone is pride. Pride won’t let anyone smell the dead thing that lies behind it. But like Martha at Lazarus’s tomb (story in John chapter 11), we need to be willing to air out the sepulcher. If we do, we will experience God’s awesome resurrection power.