Why do you seek the living among the dead?
I can hear the angel asking me the same thing as I stoop and peer into the dark tomb where I have buried my dreams.
Why do you seek satisfaction in that which leaves you hungry? Why do you seek fulfillment in things that will pass away? Why do you seek happiness in things that will disappoint? Why do you run around on this planet, thinking you can create heaven on earth, when all the while it is dying and fading and crumbling before your eyes?
This is all we have ever known. This, as far as we can imagine, is our home. For better or for worse, this is it, what we have been born into, with all its pain and misery, this is all we can imagine. And He doesn’t hold that against us. He has pity on us, knows that we are dust, and treats us gently.
Which is why the scripture is so wonderful “Nor has it entered into the heart of man the things the Father has planned for His children.”
We cannot imagine it. We cannot. In all of our wildest, most fantastic daydreams, what He has for us is beyond that.
He doesn’t really expect us to be able to grasp it. He knows it is beyond our comprehension. There is no condemnation there, just a simple declaration of truth. He says “Go ahead. Make up the best possible outcome, and then multiply it by the power of infinity. And then add some chocolate sauce. Because that’s just how good it’s going to be. You can’t even fathom it. And I never get tired of seeing your faces when you come through those gates.”
This is the Good News, folks. This is It. That He came and made the way for all of us, every single one of us, no matter how depraved, no matter how crippled and twisted and ugly, to enter through those gates and fall on our faces in disbelief. His goodness and mercy know no bounds, and we can throw ourselves upon them again and again and again and again and it will never fail.
He then says that, though it has not entered into our hearts, yet He has revealed it to us by His Spirit. He has given us that taste, and now we (should) know better. We seek, and we find Him. We taste, and we find that He is good. He alone satisfies. And this is the glimpse of Heaven that we have, within us, that spurs us forward, that puts a gleam in our eye and gives us hope when that injured thing within us wants to curse God and die.
We are not left to wallow in the pain and misery of this earth. We are to hope for better things, believe in His goodness, and trust in His love. We are to put our dreams into His hands, where He can shape them into more than we ever could. This is the message of the angel to the women at the tomb, and it is the message to me today. “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”
Let’s seek the living in He who lives, and shut the door on the dead.
1 Cor 2:9 & 10