While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:4-5)
In my almost-finished novel Denial of the Enemy, Posey Perdue suffers from depression and unknowingly considers herself a victim of her mother’s death. Dependence on her father, who is also grieving, results in disaster. She becomes a victim of bullies and the world.
Victims depend on others, most often their adversaries, for happiness. They won’t be happy until everyone in a certain racial group treats them fairly or until the person who wrongs them treats them fairly. Victims of disease or circumstances are unhappy. There’s a lot of sad and angry people in the world. Add bullies and criminals and realize there’s a lot of people who aren’t going to treat us like they should. If we depend upon those who treat us unfairly for happiness, we’ll never be happy.
The question: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” is one we all need to ask ourselves from time to time when we look into empty tombs for happiness. To find happiness, we need to seek Jesus, our savior. He is a deity, yet fully human. He understands our pain and was present when God decided to create you as His child and give you gifts to help others. Jesus knows your heart, even if you don’t. Trust him. When you seek Him, don’t look for him in empty tombs of depression, anger, hatred, unrest, stress, malice, distrust, or chaos. Leave those tombs and seek love. All you have to do is pray to find Him. He is life.
Jesus, I need love. You understand my pain. I need You to save me from it. You know my heart, so help me seek and find happiness among the living and the blessings you’ve placed in my life. Show me other’s needs so I can help them because helping others will make me happy. Send angels to me as you did the other women in the empty tomb. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.