Monday, July 21, 2014

Never Empty Again - Mark 1:35-39 Post 3

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They woke up in the morning, and You weren't there (Mark 1:35-37). Your place, where You had lain the night before, was empty.  I imagine at first Simon Peter thought You were right outside, that You'd just gotten up a few minutes before, and You'd turn up in a moment.  

I wonder how long it was before they began to feel dismay.  All the wonderful things the day before:
the teaching, the healing, the authority You exerted over evil spirits, the people who were whole and well in the late night...the hope that had descended on them all...And now You're gone.

Must that hope die?  Was it all nothing but a dream?  

They don't let it die, they fight for it.  They begin to search for You.  It sounds like the whole town is turned out looking for You, by Peter's word choice: "everyone."  Did he mean "everyone" in the house, or "everyone" in town.  Or was "everyone" an exaggeration?

But it's true.  "Everyone" is looking for You - in some way or another, what they really hope to find, what they need to find, is You.   

What I need to find is You.

We got up one black morning, after the fall of the world, and found Your place empty - and my heart was hollow and cold.  Through the ages I have sought You - the only One who can fill that place, the only One who can make me whole again.  Sometimes I forgot it was You I was seeking, and tried to fill the hollowness with other things - something - ANYTHING - to take away the emptiness.  Anything to take an edge off the cold. 

But nothing can.

Nothing but You.  

What I am looking for is You.  It always has been.  It forever will be. 

When I wake up in the morning, and I can't find You, what do I do?

I hope I don't try to fill the emptiness with something else.  I hope I go looking for You.  I hope I seek and don't give up until I find You.  

I hope I remember that...I know where You are.  I know where to look.  You haven't gone anywhere far.  You would never leave me.

But I don't know if Simon Peter and the others had been with You long enough to know.

And maybe they couldn't really know until AFTER, because You actually WERE going to leave them in a devastating, horrible way.  They would get up one morning and know with certainty that You weren't there.   And they would be crushed with Your absence.

But not for long.  And not ever again.

You only left them so You could be with them more completely. 

So You could be with them - with me - forever.  

So we would never be separated from You again.

Your place, empty for those desolate hours, will never be empty again.
 


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