Have you ever spent time contemplating when you will have finally reached the end of your road; when you will truthfully be able to say, “enough is enough”? I imagine most of us will keep striving because our society is always dangling another tidbit in front of us; just one more thing that we need to have or to do. We have that elusive carrot hanging in front of us, a time when we hope to retire, to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I have news for you – most of it will never happen!
I know you are already disagreeing because you have a plan; you know just when it will happen and what you have waited all your life to do whether it is lounging on the beach wiggling your toes in the sand or traveling to foreign places that you have always wanted to see. In these busy days of attempting to stretch ourselves for just one more thing we all long to rest and be at peace. Did you ever consider that God’s plan might be different than yours; that maybe He meant your time on earth to be for gathering in the crops that He has watched over to keep the various bugs from destroying them. We do seem to have an awful lot of bugs these days. Are you a gambler and decide that you will simply take the chance, knowing that He is a loving Father and will simply forgive you?
It is absolutely true that the One who created us loves us fervently, but it is also true that there are limits to His plan. When Jesus was here on earth He prayed – Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are (John 17:11). We read that with less than serious intent because our worldly opinion is that we will never be one; how can we with all the many years of going our own way - of having different languages, of worshiping different gods and living in different cultures. It would seem impossible.
And yet, Paul himself tells us in the book of Ephesians – For He Himself…has made both one, …so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity (2:15-16). That does make it sound like He has different plans than we do. Maybe it would behoove us to change our minds because the day is getting closer and closer.
Even as you recognize that evil is getting the best of us in many ways you are probably thinking that you wouldn’t even know where to start. How can a difference in one life make a difference in many lives? Do you think you should analyze that thought? It is true that One Life actually has made a difference in many lives, as the Father planned that it should.
Think about something for a minute – if you are a chocolate lover is one bite ever enough? I knew you would agree with me. Maybe then you might get even a small grasp of how our Creator, God, thinks about the children that He created. Even with foreknowledge He still carries the desire that one day each one of His created children will understand and make the effort to establish, once again, the relationship that was originally desired when He created man. There may be, in our minds, little hope, but that doesn’t excuse us from the effort. Just what is enough?
I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home;
I am redeemed!
Big Daddy Weave