We learn a lot about ourselves when we go through difficult and painful situations. It can be an eye-opening and fructifying experience or it can awaken the beast of our deep cynicism. No one is exempt from the barbaric waters eroding our perception of the “good life”.
This “good life” is a destructive mirage that is somehow engrained in our very beings. We all want our desires fulfilled right? Some chase it at all costs at the expense of hurting others to achieve it. Then there are those that become indifferent and spend their entire lives wishing that the “good life” will land gently on their laps. We all want some form of success and happiness and forget the very words that echoes from the heart of Jesus.
True life and joy is ONLY found through Christ.
There are so many songs and films that portray our defective mindset and reveals this deepest depravity. When the debris of distress enters the barricades of our comfort, we become disenchanted.
This past weekend I went with a couple of amigos to Orlando. We visited our good friend that is away from home at the Disney College Program. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to road trip with. Love you guys! This weekend trip was quite comical and enjoyable. There’s a particular story that stuck out to me. On Saturday, everyone went to the Disney parks for the day while I went to a pie festival in Celebration, FL. It was a nice walk through this quaint neighborhood. Everyone had a dog, every house had a white picket fence or a waving American flag. Oh, and some of the friendliest people reside here. As I was a little lost finding the park, following the aroma of the pies, people reassured me with smiles and gave me directions. My first thought was that I could envision myself living in such a paradise. If “the good life” had a physical location, it had invaded Celebration Avenue. A never-ending celebration.
As I was there for a couple of hours, I realized that I didn’t have a realistic view of this small town. Of course the people were nice and the beauty that lies there is real. But these people don’t have perfect lives. Pain enters this town. As new forms of life are awakened, death will enter the last scene. The “good life” is meant to be trampled and the richness of freedom found in Christ is revealed. Does that mean we can’t desire good things to happen to us? We can anticipate and enjoy good things. There is nothing wrong about that. God desires our hope to be found in Him and not in our circumstances. When things take an unexpected turn, we can grieve it, but we are not devastated beyond repair.
I may not know what is going on in your life right now or completely understand the capacity of it, but God does. He cares about all your desires, fears, and dreams. He desires real freedom for you. He wants to peel away the mirage in your circumstances and divulge His plans to give you the real abundant life.
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
Listening to: “Pilot Me – Josh Garrels”