Yay! It’s Monday again…time for a few moments to have coffee together while reflecting on some thought-provoking things.
A week ago we celebrated Easter, the event which changed human history forever. Jesus, brutally killed because of the hatred of mankind, came back to life as He said He would. He did this so that we would have hope, hope that this is not all there is. Life on earth brings us many things: struggles and difficulties, even joy. Jesus died so that in the midst of all we experience, a relationship with Him will help us live abundantly here on earth while we wait for Him to come back to get us.
Remember when Mary and the other women went to the tomb early Sunday morning to embalm Jesus’ body? Of course, they did not find Him there. What they found were two men in bright clothing who said to them “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5) I was sitting in church, listening to a sermon and this verse literally jumped out at me.
We as people will look to anything to fill the void and make us feel alive, won’t we? Food, sex, career, exercise, spending money, relationships, entertainment; oh, we know the list could go on but I think you get my drift.
Isn’t it also true that often, once we get something on that list, we still feel empty? I’d like to challenge you to think on the verse above and wonder with me…Why are WE looking for the living among the dead?
I am not suggesting that any of the things above are bad in and of themselves; they can certainly bring us temporary happiness. But, if they are the only things we use to fill our emptiness, then we will remain empty. We will keep repeating the same actions, hoping for different results. You’ve probably heard this is the definition of insanity!! Just a touch of humor. 🙂 Looking to people, places or things to fulfill our lives will keep us stuck in places we don’t want to be along with practicing habits we long to let go of.
In order to truly live, we need to be connected to a Source that is higher than us. That Source fills us with the comfort, the connection and the energy we need to live, to get up and over the circumstances we find ourselves in. Once we are filled in that way, we can go out to enjoy all the other aspects of life, including sharing what He has done with others.
Last week I referenced letting Him into your story so that He can make something beautiful of it. The fact that He died, and lives again, means He can do just that. Let His light into those lonely, disconnected places and see what He’ll do!! Don’t search among the dead… start living…in the way that only He can offer!
Until next week, be blessed