I can think of no greater path in life, than to follow Jesus!
Some people say Bird, others say Jordan was their favorite basketball player. My favorite never won a ring, but he did win a lot of children’s hearts. He was Meadowlark Lemon, the star of the Harlem Globetrotters.
As a child, I saw him on Scooby Doo, voiced by the man behind Hong Kong Phooey, Scatman Crothers. In “real life” he was on the show Alice, and on tv displays of his skill. What made him special to me, was I enjoyed watching him. He wasn’t only good at the game, he connected with the fans.
Later on, I knew that he had given his life to God, and became an ordained Minister. Though I never heard him speak, I’ll never forget the impact of knowing, even celebrity kneeels at Calvary. Say what you want, but in formative years, that made an impact.
That’s the word that best honors him. He impacted countless people. Whether it was his skill on the court, the smile and laughter he gave, or the commitment to God, he impacted a lot of lives. To my knowledge he did so without announcing an addiction, using curse words, or worrying the parents who took their children to see him.
No one ever had to worry about what Meadowlark would say. No one had to worry about a scandal. The only thing I remember being sad about with Meadowlark, was when he stopped playing.
He passed away in 2015, after a little over 20 years of Ministry. This included many songs on the Gaither Gospel videos. He used his fame to point to Jesus. I can think of no better use of celebrity than that. He was a champion to me.
For believers, the story is never over, you only transition to another season, one beyond this vale of tears. In this life, Mr Lemon had many a successful season. However no arena of life compares with that of Heaven. It’s where we all aspire to join Heaven’s choir, and sing like a Meadowlark.
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
The day after Easter, people were still discovering that The Lord has risen. Some, still in their own darkness, had no news of His light. While unaware of it, Christ was moving towards them, and their need, with a commitment to bring life to their gardens.
Mary thought He was the gardener, and while incorrect in one sense, she was right in so many ways. He came into the weeds of this world, plucked a handful from their sorrows, and planted them. Simon the sinner became the Disciple who would inherit the keys. A tax collector became a distributor of the miracle of the 5,000.
Were they perfect, no, but a Gardener doesn’t just plant, He prunes. He cuts out the fear that made Peter deny, Thomas doubt, and the others run. He tells them on Sunday, I forgive you for what you did on Friday.
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
The day after Easter, The Gardener plants fresh hope, Love, and mercy to those who mocked Him on the cross. Eventually, in Acts, The Bible tells us many of the priests were obedient to the faith. Those who were jealous of Him, those who were willing for Him to die, those who mocked Him, still were given access to His mercy.
A Gardener doesn’t give up on a sick plant. He fertilizes, He fences, He applies things to keep the pests away. He also plants healthy plants to enrich the soul. Where has The Gardener planted you the day after Easter?
Today, in some word or deed, plant some hope in the lives of those around you. Let them see The Gardener in you. Let them feel the light that changed your life. Let your growth, and your love, your hope reach to where their need is. The Gardener wants to show them, that they can also experience new life, the day after Easter, through you and I.