Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What is my destiny?

Have you ever seen a sunset so beautiful that you hoped it would never end? Have you been startled by a falling star streaking like a bullet in the night sky? Have you seen the northern lights shimmering off a Canadian lake? (ok I haven’t either but it sounds cool). I've a few such moments that had me gasping for a reality check. Who am I in the vastness of the universe?
Life's daily patterns of living, working, sleeping and existing shield us from an amazing fact: Life is precious! Life is fragile and life, as we know it, will end. It is appointed for all people to die at some point (Hebrews 9:27). How many more breaths will I breathe in and blow out?

But life is extraordinarily precious and delicate by virtue of the relatively tiny speck of dirt we occupy on a small blue planet suspended in the unimaginable vastness of space. Check it out. Your view of God will be expanded by watching this.
Speaking of our tiny bubble in which life can exist, This is what, at some level, science and religion both are trying to tell us—how infinitesimally small the scale of human life is against the scale of the cosmos.

The Bible, God’s living word, continues to bedazzle me: "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:1-2).
It is clear that we are unique in our galaxy and we are being sustained in a narrow band of life forces. Considering the fragility of life, one would suspect the questions waiting to be asked are "Why am I here?" and "What is my destiny?"

Life is more than just the physical. Jesus Christ said: "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25).
Indeed it is! Life is a precious journey where we are privileged to learn of God and His amazing plan for mankind. While you have breath and imagination, use your fleeting years to reflect on life—life that is enjoyable, challenging and eternal. That gift is promised to those who learn to think vertically.

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