Over The Hill

Hmm! that could be an interesting thought to ponder; it could be a sad ending of a life that is done.  Is that the individual’s choice or could it possibly be that it is one thing over which we actually have no control?  Society frequently confuses the issue because we have grown so used to feeling that we can do just about anything if we simply put our hand to the plow.  While it is true that life is and has always been a challenging adventure we would be smart to remember that we do have a Creator; a Creator who specifically told us that there is a reason for our creation.

We have always known that we didn’t just appear from nothing.  Moses, the first person to receive God’s intent for His earth, told us So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them, and said to them “Be fruitful” (Genesis 1:27-28).  If you have done any planting in your life you know that not everything will turn out just as exactly as you want it to.  There are always requirements that will affect the end result, but we will keep trying because we want it to turn out the way we want it to.  Obviously God could have controlled the very ending He desired, but He wanted it to be by choice, not by force.  With the lengthy history we can contemplate, do you think we have done well?  Can you imagine how disappointed our Creator must be?  With all the wisdom and knowledge available to us we have been like the beautiful cake made for a special occasion that succeeded in falling as flat as a pancake.

Many of us know, having had the experience for ourselves, how it feels when something you desire with all your heart just simply cannot turn out the way you want it to.  As hard as we try these days we have been forced to live within the framework of the majority who rules, often by things we actually detest, and consequently both us and our children have suffered.  Time, itself, has succeeded in removing our dreams and often files them away as being unworkable in the present day.  This often places us in a position of repeating to ourselves “maybe tomorrow”.  This is not simply an issue that has been like a rolling stone gathering moss.  It has existed in one form or another since time began.  As long ago as when Paul walked this earth he felt the necessity to remind people and the records he and others have repeated over time still exist today - For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10) in true righteousness and holiness (4:24), redeeming the time, because the days are evil (5:16).

Today, as we read our newspapers and listen to the daily news revealed to us from our TV, radio and computers we realize that mankind has never really succeeded in finding a way to permanently change the texture of our world.   It seems like we are predestined to continually have sin make its unworthy entrance into our lives.  I doubt that, as much as we would like, any of us has what it takes to call a halt to the time that is rapidly passing right in front of us.  Many of yesterday’s heroes have suffered terribly from trying.  John suffered immeasurably when he was isolated to the island of Patmos, but his words now would be the same as then - You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist (Revelation 4:11).

Do you imagine that there are still people in today’s world who would sacrifice the things we feel are important for a plan that obviously is going to entail suffering and denial? 

Over the hill, as high as the sky,
Beyond the horizon where man never dies
Lives a God all omnipotent with a heart of pure gold
Awaiting His children as the story unfolds.
             
                                         - Charlotte Ingersoll

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA