“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So, you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.” – ACTS 17:22–23, NIV.
Before I became a Christian, I would never admit it, but I used to pray. Especially when I was in trouble. While I professed to be an atheist, I knew deep down that there was more to this life, and that God was real.
The movie The Notebook features a beautiful contemporary love story between a man and a woman who fall deeply for each other. They can’t live without one another and end up growing old together. As romantic and moving as this film may be, it is yet another example of how our culture is seeking something much deeper than it can understand.
Indeed, the love we are seeking cannot be found in another human being, as thrilling and enriching as love between two people can be. For those disillusioned by romantic relationships, it also is not in a career, or riches, fame or accomplishments. Even self-sacrifices won’t do.
Imagine standing at the top of a mountain, looking as far as your eyes can see and gazing at luscious green mountains, valleys covered in trees and living creatures. The sky, a tapestry of soft pink hues, caressing the morning as the day is rising. Take a deep breath, can you smell the freshness of pine and musk, flowery breeze and fresh dirt? Can you hear the tweeting of joyful birds and the gentle humming of a nearby waterfall?
Doesn’t that image alone make you feel more alive, more adventurous? What if your daily life could make you feel this way?
We can all agree that life has its ups and downs. There are times when it’s hard just to take another breath, and other times when our biggest concern is not being stuck in traffic, trying to get to work on time. What about those days when you seem to be battling an invisible force that wants to get the best out of you? What if you actually were?
Often times, we can’t fight because we fail to recognize who our enemy is. We take a blow here and there, turn around a bit dizzy and point the finger at the wrong enemy: our children, our friends, our spouse, our co-workers…
There is something strange that we are all constrained too. It’s called time. God created it, He masters it, He is not stuck in it or rushed by it. We are. At times, like when we are in the waiting room waiting for news about a loved one who has gone into surgery, time seems so painfully long. There’s also when we find ourselves with a tight deadline or when we spend good quality moments with our families and friends. It seems like there could never be enough hours in a day.
Waiting on God can be hard. Especially when expecting the fulfillment of a promise, or an answer to a prayer.