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Lessons from the Tomb: Letting Go and Embracing Resurrection

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If you could, what would you put in the grave alongside the Savior?

What would you have Him bring inside that tomb?

I’ve been learning the power of letting things die—before something can be resurrected, it must first face death.

This is no easy task. Putting your hopes and dreams and precious things into the grave is both scary and painful. It also goes against our natural inclination to hold on, to hope on, to give every best effort and surely that will save us.

We need to remember that it was Christ’s effort that saves, not ours. It is His journey to death and back again that allows us to walk from our figurative and literal tombs.

There are many things in my life I’d like Christ to redeem, but the most desperate of all has been my perpetual singlehood. After years of trauma and abuse, I imagined Christ would redeem those experiences with a family of my own and a chance to start fresh. As my mental illnesses have persisted and a husband hasn’t materialized, I’ve struggled to relinquish my desires to Him.

This is especially true as I’ve felt deep love for someone who doesn’t return those feelings. I’ve felt foolish and heartbroken, trying to listen to logic, but swayed by that thing in our hearts that tells us not to give up, even when people fail us.

This Holy Week, I’ve worked so hard to put those feelings into the tomb with Jesus. To let them go. To let them die. To hope and remember that what comes back out will be something of the Savior’s making. Whatever punctuation He puts on my friendship, wherever He chooses to lead me, and whatever He does with my heart, one thing is for certain—He is the key to eternal life now and forever.

Here are some things I’ve learned as I’ve tried to remember in death there is resurrection.

Express, Don’t Expect

I’ve gone to the Lord many times with high expectations. There’s nothing wrong with this inherently. We should have hope in God! However, when my desires and will overtake the way I pray and how I communicate with my Heavenly Parents, I lose power.

I’ve been learning to simply express where I’m at rather than ask for things with expectations I may be placing on God that aren’t meant for me.

Express your feelings. Share what you’re going through and how it makes you feel. The Savior did this in the Garden of Gethsemane when he cried to the Lord and asked if the bitter cup could be removed. But at the end of that prayer, He submitted Himself to the will of the Father. After our prayers of expression, we can ask the Lord for help to accept and understand what righteous actions we can take and how we can live His gospel more fully.

Don’t Stay at the Tomb

It’s so easy to stay in grief and weep at the tomb. However, when you let something die in Christ, it’s important to take a step back and truly let it go. Christ can’t do anything in that tomb if we don’t let it enter. Releasing our grip and striving to hold onto our covenant relationship with God will give us forward momentum and some perspective.

The wait is agonizing sometimes, especially when the thing you’ve let go of isn’t meant to come back. Wondering what else there could be is consuming both mentally and emotionally. Strive to grieve, but also work in righteousness. Look for acts of service in God’s kingdom and seek to minister to others. Increase your diligence in finding out what truly connects you to Christ and helps you understand your covenants, and then do those things.

Death of the Natural Man

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Ultimately, we ourselves will enter that tomb. There have been times in my life when I’ve felt entirely trapped inside, waiting for the Lord to roll the stone away. He wants to exalt us in every way. Entirely giving ourselves to that process and becoming a new creature in Jesus Christ is the journey of eternity.

We can start by looking at the inner natural man and asking what we can let die so something holy can rise. From the negativity of our sins and weaknesses to the positivity of our hopes and dreams, everything needs to be touched by the tomb. There isn’t a part of us that is too intimate, too damaged, too broken, too shameful, too grand, too excited, too hopeful, too different, to be made perfect in Christ.

This Easter, I am letting Christ take everything I can no longer carry into the tomb. I don’t know when the stone will roll away, but I know He lives and in Him is the power of resurrection and life.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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