I had a habanero tree in my backyard.
If you know me, you know that I love habaneros and all things spicy. I was so excited when it started to produce peppers, then after producing an abundance of habaneros it just started to dry up. It was dead, brown, and dried out and there were no more habaneros. Every day I would look at this dead tree, taking up space by my back door, hoping to see some sign of life, to see a hint of its former glory. You would probably laugh at me if you saw me looking for habaneros on that dead tree. Why are you looking for habaneros on that dead tree? A question I’m sure you would have asked.
Someone else was asked a similar question. When they went looking for Jesus at the tomb.
Luke tells us that early in the morning Mary and Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found the stone rolled away but when they entered the tomb, the body was not there.
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? Luke 24:4-5
Weh di laydi dehn mi soh fraitn, dehn hori bow dong fronta di man dehn til dehn fays toch di grong. Bot di man dehn aks dehn seh, “Wai unu di luk fi sohnbadi weh livin monks peepl weh ded? Look 24:5 BZJNT
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”
Pause here for a moment with me. Are YOU looking for the living among the dead?
In my own life, I too have found myself looking for life in things that were dead, just like my habanero tree. Things that couldn’t add any value to my life. I held on to dead things for way too long. There are things that we know are lifeless, do us no good but we still hang on, we allow it to take up space, we carry around the dead weight consoling ourselves with memories of the former things, in the hopes that we can squeeze some life out of it.
What is it for you?
Maybe it’s a relationship, a dead-end job, an offense, a community, an addiction, partying every weekend to numb the pain, you know what it is…
Some may offer temporary comfort and pleasure but in the end the emptiness is there, you are once again reminded that you still have that dead weight that’s taking up space.
May we have an encounter also with the Lord and like the two women, remember the words of Jesus.(Luke 24:8) What is His promise to you? What is He speaking to you? What is it that you need to do?
It’s time to come out of the tomb, out of the grave yard my friend! Stop looking in the wrong places for life. Jesus said that He came that we “may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. John 10:10
Will you live that abundant life?