We all have times when we are carefree and happy. And we all have othertimes when we sink into depression, fear, and anxiety. In those timeseverything seems dark and there is no consolation that can lift us out of thepit of despair. Even the universe itself seems a terrifyingly large place inwhich we seem mere specks of nothingness. Death seems to be the only certaintyas problem upon problem, difficult circumstances upon difficult circumstancesoccur to our minds. Even death holds little relief for us as we consider ourpast life and try vainly to force some comforting consolations into our minds.Indeed as life moves on, death itself can become a black cloud that blots outeverything else in our field of vision. The certainty of life’s end fills ourthoughts and the insignificance of our lives and the events that filled themseem to overwhelm us with the futility of it all.
In those moments particularly it is vital to look steadfastly atreality. Reality is not that you are a little, insignificant piece of matterspinning momentarily through space only to fade to nothingness like asmoke-ring. You are — of all things — part of the Creator Himself !! And notjust part of that mysterious, impersonal “OOOM” that some religions talk about– not just part of the “spirit of the universe” — the “elan vital” that flowsthrough all things. But you are a personal part of the only Son of God Himself.You are Him himself in a unique being different from every other expression ofHim that exists. This is why you feel at times that you’ll live forever –because you will ! You are `God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus’ and youshare His eternal existence. And your life is far from being ” a tale told byan idiot” or a vague, unknown journey that wanders you know not where.
The reality is that the Maker of the universe foresaw and planned thewhole life of mankind in a milli-second before there was any world. It’s plaincommon-sense that the great Being who devised the structure of DNA, the chartof the elements, the intricate beauty of the eye and the orchid did not setloose upon the universe a self-propagating horde of complex human beings to seewhat they would do by chance and luck.
That is the meaning of the phrase in the Bible “we are God’sworkmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that he has preparedbeforehand that we should walk in them even as he chose us in him beforethe foundation of the world”. Just as the planned orbits of the planets arenecessary and appropriate for lumps of matter flying through space, so theCreator and his only Son have planned the life that He will live in each one ofus. Yet his infinite intelligence is able so to govern every contingentcircumstance and event so that we are able to exercise our wills freely whilehe bears the effects and works all things in accordance with his plan.
Life as it Should NOT Be
The result is our present lives and world. Both our lives and the worlditself attest to the results that follow when we live as if none of this istrue. Daily we see what happens when we live as if there were no overseeingintelligence — no loving Father who has a plan for each part of his creation.Daily we see where our own self-will and self-centeredness causes pain anddisruption for ourselves and others. But daily also we see the ways in whichour Maker still expresses his beauty and love and peace in the kindly acts oflittle people. So, we are presented continuously with the choice of self or God– of our plans or His plan. In the midst of all our personal frustrations anddisappointment we can see that our own life is our Maker’s will and He isworking each moment to draw us willingly into the things He has made us for.
Finally the issue is not whether we are successful or fulfilled orhappy, but whether our Maker’s will and plan for his life in us is successfulor fulfilled. Our own signficance depends on that alone — and our satisfactionand peace derives from that. So, each time we ignore this reality and behave asif we are little independent specks in the vast universe, we impose upon Him inwhom we exist immense strain and pain. Yet his respect and love for us is soreal that He continues to endure our indifference to Him even as He gives usthe strength to live. How then do we live in the light of all of this ?