“Life’s a beach!” “Do what feels good!” The energy to do, feel, hear….the rush of the moments or the pursuit of them captivates lives. Sometimes the aims seem good, sometimes not. In the end, it’s so brief. We forget how narrow the band of life really is. Consider the sketch below. It is a common scene. The moon being traversed with clouds.
There is more going on, as the scripture says. The night and the day, the dark and the light are created. The band of life we live in is made possible by God. The periodic motions remind us that time passes. But the clouds remind us of more: the water cycle. The very nature of the clouds are a critical part of the cycle. The cycle occurs on an extremely thin band of earth–where conditions are perfect for us to live for a brief period–with enough time to give credit to God and believe Him, or to pursue life with a passion without Him. Even as He is ignored, He sustains the precious narrow band of life. He does it in his mercy–not willing for one person to miss the opportunity to meet Him, to find Him, and to find that the pursuit of life with a relationship with Him is truly the only life there is.
The mesage is not just a preaching. I have endured things, watched life, experienced the Lord, and experienced life without Him. If you are a believer, you know the brevity of things, but you have hope in Christ. If you do not know the Lord, please consider the miraculous passage of the day and night or the clouds as they pass the moon. You will only see them for awhile. Remember, He is merciful: permitting time to deal with serious things. The band of opportunity is short–like life.
Enter through the narrow gate.
For wide is the gate and broad the leads to destruction,
and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life,
and only a few find it.
Jesus, Matthew 7:13-14