The Divine Mystery exists in each of us. We are Stewards of that Mystery.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
– Mark Twain –
I love this quote for many reasons. Chief among them is that while I believe it is true, one does not have to agree with it for it still to be true.
In other words, it is not necessary for anyone to struggle with figuring out why we are here. Some people do…and some don’t. A person can exist on a biological level and live moment to moment gathering enough resources to breathe in and out for his or her allotted time and survive quite nicely. Even, in an earthly sense, flourish. No Force will intervene to say that this cannot be done, that this is WRONG.
The reason Christians reflect on this question, try to struggle with what this might mean, is that we do not survive on bread alone. We are not focused solely on what takes place in this life. We do not believe that current circumstances are all there is. As followers of Jesus, our lives are not entirely our own. We belong to God. When Paul thinks about all this, he writes things like, Whether we live or whether we die we are the Lord’s possession. We were bought with a price.
God has a claim on us. As our Creator, God is the source of our being. As our Sustainer, God makes possible every moment we exist. As the One who made an offering of his life in Jesus, He has redeemed our life so that death no longer holds the same power over us it once did. God waits patiently to discover what we will do with all this.
Occasionally, I think on these things and feel guilty. You mean, Christopher, that after all God has done, after all you’ve been given, this is the best you can do, the best you can offer? That line of thinking only lasts a brief time for me when it comes. I’ve learned that the voice which whispers this to me does not come from God. The antidote to that thinking, to the ‘down’ feeling I get when I think that way, is to think of God’s perspective on the Twain quote.
God’s perspective is this: I made you for Myself. So that you could be a part of all this wonder. So that we could share all that is good and beautiful and holy and true. It’s mine…and yours, together. And all that there is right now is not all that there is. Be at peace. The day you find out why is the day you realize that we are partners forever.
Questions for the day:
Who I have told this week about all that God is doing in my life? Who do I want to tell?