Thursday, April 29, 2010

Our Father in heaven

I'm not a parent, but I am an uncle. I'm also a fan of Art of Manliness, and I was reading an article about how to build resiliency in children and I came across a sentence which stopped me in my figurative tracks.
Solving all of your children's problems takes away their pain in the short term, but impedes their ultimate happiness.
When we talk about God's omnipresence, we often say he's "outside of time." This sentence really drew out a great picture of this in action.

Parents take the long view of life because they have lived longer, and therefore their perception of time and events is greater than a child's. Children view everything very immediately - just think of how as a child you may have thought your whole world collapsed when you were forbidden from staying over at a friend's house. Sometimes parents can be petty, but in general they know that discipline means a short term sacrifice for a long term gain.

We are the children. We've only been here for a short time on this earth as humanity, and each one of our cultures a tiny fraction of that, and each of our families fractions of that, and our own lives fractions of that. In the expanse of space-time, we're like a snowflake in Antarctica.

We take things to be so vastly important in this life. We strive so eagerly to preserve our cultures and governments. We hold onto our homes, and our possessions so strongly we'll kill for them.

This narrow focus of time is why we ignore God's law, and his desires. We scoff at the commands to love our enemies, and to submit to authorities because we seem to think God wouldn't ask for us to give up temporary inconvenience for lasting treasures in eternal life. We would rather lie to seal a sale at work than take the long view - the eternal perspective.

This eternal perspective is so very important to have.

Yet even when we think about how insignificant our individual narratives are in the broad view of time and space, we're blown away by how God provides comfort even in the worst of times.

2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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