Should I watch Twilight or the Blind Side? Should I listen to Maroon 5 or MercyMe? Should I wear a bikini or a one piece? Should I go bar hopping tonight or to the local worship event? Should I plan to work Sunday or take some Sabbath time?
Yes, these are concrete and strictly black and white options and I know that God has mercy and grace on us… and life really is a lot more grey than this, but these decisions we make are part of the battle raging inside us all.
We were built and intricately designed by our Divine Creator. In this way, we have been given a Divine nature. We desire the good. We desire perfection. We desire what is right. We want to be like Jesus. We want to make peace. We want to live out God’s design. That is the place that we long to be. That is a lifestyle we long to live. That is a peace we desire to hold onto.
But we have been given a place…for now. We have a temporary home. We have a gravity attached to us. All because our Creator placed us here. Our creator placed us on Earth. It is here that there is pain. Here there is suffering. Here there is death. Here there are gun shots, and hunger, and rape, and abortion, and depression, and anxiety, and social media, and cancer, and trauma, and Alzheimer’s disease, and prison. Here there are many choices made based on human emotion and human power. This is the place we have been placed.
As much as we may want to leave this place. As much as we wish to be finished with all of these barriers we are given, we are still…here. But perhaps, this is where God made us and designed us to be at this time, on this day, at this hour. “For such a time as this”(Esther 4:14), God has given us this life we live as a gift! Though it may not always be wrapped in ribbons and decorative paper, it is a gift.
You see, we have this place that we were meant to live for a short time. You see, here it may seem like a place cursed with long days or long nights that we wait to pass. But God sees it all as a meaningful, but fast blink! He sees our lives as a page of an overflowing book in His creation. Just as one star has significance in the span of the gigantic Milky Way. You have been given this human body to age with and to care for. You have been given a breath and a stretch and the Sun out your window each morning. You have been given another day. You have been given another stranger to smile at in the hallway. You have been given another opportunity to forgive an ex for what the pain they may have caused your heart. You have been given another day for knocking on your runaway dad’s door for a relationship. This is the day the Lord has made! Rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24). This is a day you have been given, and you never truly know when it will be your last!
You see, we live in this tension of desiring joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22), while also the realness of being human. There is a constant war inside all of us, to know and experience the supernatural that is beyond our world and understanding and to acknowledge the painful realities we experience here and now. There are times when we feel sad to see loved ones pass away. We feel angry when our spouse doesn’t think the same. We feel jealous when our ex moves onto someone else. There are friends who tempt us to fit in. There are high schools flooding with gossip. There is value and worth distorted into our appearance, our relationships, our jobs, the house we live in, or the car we drive. These are diseases of the world! This environment can be as sickening as poison to our hearts!
But if in fact this life here on earth is just as short as He says it is… then perhaps this is our opportunity to live out a piece of Heaven right here, right now, with what we’ve been given. Perhaps God brought you to live here at this time, on this day, at this hour as part of His greater plan! Yes, you are human, but so was Jesus! It is by His death and resurrection that His power lives in you! For ” greater is he who lives in you than he who lives in the world” (1 John 4:4). You, as well as I, are capable of living a holy life!
It is true that human emotions can lead us to dark places. But human emotions may just be what we need to drive us to God’s will! Perhaps we need to go through the fire of fully feeling our emotions to be free from them or use them as our call to action. If polar bears struggling to find ice to live on stirs your heart, then maybe it’s your calling to raise awareness about global warming. If babies lives being terminated makes you angry, then maybe it’s your calling to expose the truth of abortion. If families falling apart by abuse makes you sad, then maybe it’s your calling to speak peace and restoration into them. Perhaps it’s in our waiting in this life on earth that we have a duty to uphold, as God prepares a special room just for each and every one of us.
“I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me”
~ Philippians 1:23-26
So my dear reader, as this well runs dry for today, I must ask you this: What is the hardest thing about being Heavenly minded while living here on Earth? What is something you want to do to bring a slice of Heaven here down to Earth?
Have a GLORIOUS Easter!
Sing a song for the soul: Do Something- Matthew West