My mum has a brand new little red car. When the choice comes whose car to ride in, I think you can guess into which car we go. Yep, you guessed it, the little red car.
We do, don’t we, value the new, the fresh, the perfect. Advertising bleats at us to toss away the perfectly good but out-of-date item. A five-year old computer’s redundant. Same with relationships—if they’re not working out, abandon them. In the workplace, faithful employees “let go” and replaced by off-shore, cheaper workers.
That’s the prevailing attitude; the “withered arm” gets cut off and we move on.
But, isn’t it true to say, we are all withered, broken, dysfunctional and can’t be fixed in some way? You don’t have to look far in your community, the internet, the news to see this world and mankind in it is seriously not perfect.
What would you do about the world if you were a supreme being who could manage its destiny?
Think about it. Consider how you respond when your creations go pear-shaped; when the characters in your latest novel run amok, or the painting doesn’t work out as you had it in your mind, or when your children don’t live up to your expectations. Do you give up on them?
Now, I believe in the Bible and in God who created the universe and us. For me, the most amazing take-away about God is that the Bible says God has not abandoned us, humans. Even though the world and people in it are a mess. ‘All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.’ (Romans 3:23) God is still with us, following those who have strayed from him, working in our lives and drawing us into relationship with Him. God has not given up on us.
God loved each one of us so much, he sent his son Jesus—Immanuel—to reconcile us to himself, so that we could be as He created us—perfect, whole, as new.
When the news preaches doom and gloom and woe is the world, I remember the passage from the Bible, Romans 8:38 – 39:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
© Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2016
Photo: Somerton Beach Sunset © Lee-Anne Marie Kling, January 9 2017