Have you ever been to a beach before? Did you collect some stones, sea shells, beach glass there? After you’ve come home, unpacked and rinsed your findings, did you notice anything? Didn’t they look so much better at the beach…
and, like this stone: out of place? The perfect background and surrounding, the way the sun was shining on it, its coloring— all is different. It seems to say: I want to go back!
Adam and Eve were made in Paradise and were meant to live there — with their God. After they have sinned they were driven out of the beautiful Garden. That’s why we have to live in this world first. Some of us will go back to Paradise, some won’t.
It’s that same ol’, same ol’ here, isn’t it? The alarm goes off in the morning, we get up and get dressed, have breakfast, then rush to college/school or work, spend hours there, finish, come back home, have dinner, watch a little TV, go to bed — and in the morning it starts all over again.
We try everything to break out of it, don’t we? We go on vacations and/or buy a cottage to spend our vacations in; we long to drive fancy cars; we renovate and decorate rooms and put expensive furniture and humongous TVs into our homes: we need that thrill of buying and owning material things, including all the mobile devices and games, “i” gadgets and smart phones — anything, just to get rid of that dull day in, day out kind of living.
For other people education is very (too) important. There’s nothing wrong with studying. However, if we try to outsmart God and play god, then we will soon bump into trouble. For example, God made the perfect seeds and the seasons — man alters seeds and demands food grown outside its season. Compare two tomatoes: one grown from organic seed and in its season, the other grown from hybrid seed and out of season. Tomatoes grown in a warm climate, during summer, exposed to much sunshine taste delicious!
The same event happens to us all. Our life on this earth ends when our body dies. Despite what advertisements promise and people say: our bodies will age and eventually we will die.
Here on earth we are like that stone in the picture above: taken out of place — we lost and miss Paradise. It is especially hard on us when hardships strike, isn’t it?
Today, be still and sit at the Feet of Jesus — Creator of heaven and earth and everything in it. Know that He is God and that it is He who has made us and not we ourselves. Cling to the promise that He will not allow more than you can carry in your earthly life and that He has already provided a “way through and out of hardships” for you and that what He has promised He is able to do!