Thursday, June 6, 2013
Recently the skies have been filled with dark clouds that have brought violent storms, tornadoes, and destruction with them. Growing up in Oklahoma, we learned, at a very early age, that green was NOT a good color in the clouds. Absolute stillness was not a good thing. We know what a wall cloud is. We can read the hook echo on the radar as well as the local weatherman. We know that we live in "Tornado Alley" and we know the risks of living in this part of the country. Really, it's not much different than those who live in the hurricane zone, or those who live where earthquakes are common occurrences. I don't believe that there is any part of our country that is free of risk from some sort of natural disaster. As I mentioned earlier, sometimes I think it is God's way of telling us that we are NOT the masters of our universe. We are also reminded that life is not always fair. In fact, life can be brutally unfair. Broken dreams, broken homes, and broken lives visit good people as well as those who are not so good.
For the Christian, God promised us life and life more abundantly. He did not promise us life free from sorrow, loss, heartache, pain, or suffering. He promised to be with us through all of life's difficulties and he promised to prepare an eternal home for us. In the mean time, we live on the same planet as those who reject our savior and we endure the same difficulties as everyone else. That may not sound fair, but that's life. The real question is what happens on that day that we step through the door of death and into eternity? Will we spend an eternity separated from the God of all creation, or will we rest in His arms and rejoice in that place that He has prepared for us. The decision is ours. Christ said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock." Those who open the door of their heart and invite the Savior into their life, will be saved. Those who reject the invitation of the Savior will spend eternity separated from God. That may not sound fair to our mortal mind, but it is truth. The choice is ours. The silver lining in the darkest clouds of life is the Savior. Have a blessed week-end.