Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wait and Watch the Tomb

The picture is called “Two Marys Watch the Tomb” (by James Tissot).
I first saw it online. My heart responded to it immediately. I was so moved. It is so full of meaning. A simple picture. But not so simple.
See the intensity of the women watching the tomb. It is like they are willing the tomb to open up. Pain is written all over their faces.
This waiting time is hard. They don’t really know they are waiting or what they are waiting for.
They just know they cannot leave. They cannot leave Jesus. They cannot leave their Savior. So they wait.
They wait and watch the tomb.
I was 8 months pregnant when my mother-in-law got sick and went into a coma. My husband and I sat with my father-in-law and waited. We prayed. We begged. We willed her to wake up, to open her eyes.
She waited too. She waited for my brother-on-law to fly in from another state and make it to the hospital to see her. Soon after he left her hospital room, she passed away peacefully.
I was doing a different kind of waiting as well. Waiting for new life. In a month my waiting would be over. I would greet my firstborn son with joy, as I mourned the loss of his grandmother. He would become the apple of his grandfather’s eye.
Holy waiting. The waiting for we-know-not-what. The time in-between the dying and the rising. The time in-between the sorrow and the joy. A time when we wonder if we will ever feel joyful again.
It is the time when we need to hold onto hope. We need to hold onto the belief that no matter what, God makes good out of bad. We can’t make it happen. We can’t hurry it up. We can only wait. Wait with hope.
Wait and watch the tomb.


Karin said...

I love the artwork of James Tissot, but have never seen this one~glad you found it and shared it, Colleen. Waiting is never easy, but if we do it with God, He helps take the edge of it a bit in helping us to see that all will happen for good in His time and in His way.
Thanks and a blessed Easter season to you.

Colleen said...

Amen, Karin!
Now I am looking for Tissot's artwork because I love what I have seen so far! God bless!

Michael Seagriff said...


Beautiful art; wonderful reflection. Thank you.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Waiting, patience, keeping peace of heart - these are perennial challenges. If we could only keep in mind that God acts in His own time and not ours. But if we don't wait, we miss out on the always spectacular action like the Resurrection.

Colleen said...

Michael, thank you!

Barb, it is hard to wait but you are right. If we dont wait, we miss out. Thank you!