He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
I love this excerpt from John Eldredge’s Journey of Desire, from yesterday’s reading on his email devo. It’s him in just classic form,
Regardless of our religious or philosophical beliefs, most of us live as though this life is pretty much the way things are supposed to be. We dismiss the whispers of joy with a cynical “Been there, done that.” That way we won’t have to deal with the Haunting. I was just talking with some friends about summer vacations, and I recommended that they visit the Tetons. “Oh, yeah, we’ve been there. Nice place.” Dismissal. And we deaden our sorrows with cynicism as well, sporting a bumper sticker that says, “Life sucks. Then you die.” Then we try to get on with life. We feed the cat, pay the bills, watch the news, and head off to bed, so we can do it all again tomorrow. Standing before the open fridge, I’m struck by what I’ve just watched. Famine in Africa. Genocide…where? Someplace I can’t even pronounce. Corruption in Washington. Life as usual. It always ends with the anchor folding his notes and offering a pleasant “Good night.” Good night? That’s it? You have nothing else to say? You’ve just regaled us with the horrors of the world we live in, and all you can say is “Good night”? Just once I wish he would pause at the close of his report, take a long, deep breath, and then say, “How far we are from home,” or “If only we had listened,” or “Thank God, our sojourn here is drawing to an end.” It never happens. I doubt it ever will. And not one of us gives it a second thought. It’s just the way things are.
I don’t know what to add after that. From Ecclesiasties 3:11, we have our beautiful God who has intimately placed desires in our heart that this calling us and wooing us home. In such a personal way. For some of us, that calling is the way the sunset light reflects off a cloud, a certain melody, a book during a snowy day, a movie, a mountain…whatever it is, God is wooing us. He’s romancing our hearts with a whiff of our home in heaven. Or as CS Lewis said,
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.
But God’s love letters to our hearts often get lost in translation in our cold, indifferent world. Banal is probably the word I’m reaching for here. Life gets so boring in routine sometimes. Which is what John was reaching for here, “Oh the Terons, we’ve been there.” Ummm, yeah no, that is literally one of the most beautiful places on the continent.
I read Adolf Eichmann’s autobiography in college once . It wasn’t what you would expect. The whole concept of the banality of evil becomes strikingly apparent in his recounting of the Holocaust as a Nazi. Banality is not a good thing, God didn’t design us to be bored creatures. Satan uses the lackluster condition of a fallen world to trap our hearts, deceive us into thinking God has nothing special planned for us, contrary to 1 Corinthians 2:9,
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him
Satan and the world would have us believe hat we are boring, repetitive creatures not created for glory. Banality is not something small, to be accepted as a fact of reality, but we are to fight for life in God, fight to run the race to gain what God has promised us in inheritance as his heirs. The pinnacle of which is the tender romance of the wedding of the Lamb, the consummation of our hearts into Jesus’ heart.
Stay shining and alive in his Spirit today my friends, my sisters and brothers. You are glorious image bearers of a wild God. And even if it seems boring now, remembee, he makes everything beautiful in its time. You are strong, beautiful, coragoeous, glorious because of Jesus. Hope you have a wonderful day today!! Please keep my sweet family in your prayers too, we have had a small stomach bug hit and I’m off work playing doctor! God bless you so much with his presence today!