The Purpose of Living
|My screensaver on my computer|
I wake up and see it's 3:30 a.m. and go to the kitchen for a cup of tea. With my bible I settle into my lazy boy and open the Word at the beginning. There I read about how God created light and the account of how the earth was made. After reading that I get to the part that says, "Let us make people in our image to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life. So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them." Then God blessed them.
A bit further on in the account I read about how he communicated with man. The rest of the bible is full of this communication between man and God. So I relax and think about this for a while until Maggie, my wife comes to the lounge and looks at the messages on her mobile phone. She discovers that my nephew committed suicide. Shocking news! My mind is full of questions about how this could have happened, but no answers come to mind. He seemed to be living such an idyllic life - a pretty wife, an interesting job, living in a beautiful place at the coast, and on and on!
I consider my life. I enjoyed a year of abundance until recently when my surplus funds slowly dried up and now I depend on God for work on a daily basis to survive. Having worked for myself for 24 years I have seen God's hand of provision and protection all the time in many different ways and circumstances. That alone is my miracle and story. It keeps me going and enjoying life every single day. It is the fuel of my life and without it I would not exist.
So, as sad as this morning may be because someone important to my sister gave up, my heart goes out to her and his family and everyone near to him. May this God that I know heal their hearts and fill them with peace. For myself, I will continue my journey through this world living with hope in good and expecting my God to smile on me and be there for me when I wake up each morning. What else is there to look forward to?
If I keep my eyes fixed on the world and the total chaos unfolding in my country then I can see how someone much younger than me can give up. But I prefer to focus on things that can only be grasped by faith.