As our family settles into life here in Ohio, I find that I am keeping my eyes open much more so than I have in the past. I know that much of that has to do with being in new surroundings, new neighborhoods, new stores, new streets. I want to be sure I don't miss anything. In a few years, I'm sure I won't be looking around quite as intensely as I am now. My awareness of seeing things more intensely now, makes me wonder what things I missed seeing in the past because I wasn't looking for them.
We have to develop the eyes to see certain things. Moses saw a burning bush and turned aside, and was rewarded with a conversation with God Almighty. But I doubt that the sight of that bush was all that spectacular, and maybe most people would have walked right on by…not even curious. Moses always had an eye for the sacred and was tuned in to the God channel. That’s what made him a good messenger.
Unless you have eyes to see, unless you are looking for something, it's easy to miss what might be right in front of you. My guess is, if you don’t know anything about God, if you’re not on the lookout for God, God would also be easy to miss. In the Easter story, Mary Magdalene comes to the cemetery garden early in the morning. She meets someone who she initially supposes to be the gardener. But then the gardener calls her by name. As one who knew the power of Jesus’ love, had felt his special friendship, Mary recognizes the risen Jesus. I imagine that others might have passed on by this “gardener” and never known that the Risen One, the Son of God, was right there in front of them.
You have to know what you are looking for if you want to find it. Mary was the first witness to the resurrection because she had the eyes to see. Her words ring through the ages, “I have seen the Lord.” We should never let our familiarity with Easter jade us to the surprise of those words. And we should never stop looking for the Lord in new and surprising places (like a cemetery.) God always has something new to show us, which is the power of the resurrection. Tune into the God channel, keep your eyes peeled, and be on the lookout. Easter is breaking out all over, with new life everywhere.
Let’s walk with our Easter eyes wide open, and bear witness to the ways in which we see God. Embrace the new life of Easter. Be a messenger and tell the Easter story to someone who has not seen the Lord. You will open up to them a whole new world of new life and possibilities. Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!