“. . . why are you looking . . .”

“Full of fear, the women bowed down to the ground, as the men said to them, “Why are you looking among the dead
for one who is alive?” (Luke 24:5) 
Early last Thursday evening while we were visiting our daughter on the coast of Maine, I looked up in the sky and was greeted by a beautiful full moon.  I thought to myself, “Maybe if the weather holds, tomorrow we could find a spot and watch the full moon rise above the water.”  My family agreed, sowe thought of a possible spot, checked the charts for the right time and waited, still wondering if we were at a spot where we could see it happen.  I pulled out my smart phone and clicked on the app that shows the location of stars and planets in the sky.  As I pointed the phone skyward it indicated the spot where the moon was just below the watery horizon.  “There’s the spot to watch,” I reported as I pointed.  Sure enough, in just a few moments we were treated to a breath-taking view of the moon emerging from the Atlantic. 

We spent a fair amount of time in that special place, taking more pictures and following the moon’s rise to the point where its rays reflected upon the darkening waters.
Knowing where to look is a big deal!  In the scripture selection above from the Gospel of Luke, the women went to the tomb to find the body of Jesus and were chastised for looking in the wrong place by the “two men in bright shining clothes.”  They were looking for the living among the dead.  They had forgotten that Jesus had foretold his resurrection and were seeking the body instead of the risen Jesus.  Why would you seek the living among the dead?  Sounds like one of those “well duh” moments the teens talk about. 

Sadly, I think there are many times when we do a lot of looking in the wrong places. – well, duh . . .  Knowing where to look and being willing to look in that place is critical.  Sometimes the place we need to look is not as convenient or comfortable.  Sometimes the place we need to look is not the place we want to look.  Sometimes the place we need to look requires a leap of faith to get us out of looking in old habits and haunts.  Why do we look for resolution of a disagreement in a heated, “no one’s really listening to the other” sort of argument?  Why do we look for economic justice in the midst of unbridled, outlandish, even obscene consumerism?  Why do we look for freedom from unhealthy habits in the same old haunts?  Why do we look for peace in the midst of worry?  Why are we surprised when we don’t find it – whatever the it may be – well, duh . . .

Knowing where to look is critical.  Having faith to look in new places and new ways is most critical.  I pray that God will give me the faith to look in the right places even when I’d rather look someplace else.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church
Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on October 23, 2013.

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