I recently went into the backyard of someone who lives nearby. Surrounding me, I could see many projects started and not finished. Projects that were once finished now discarded to the sides of the yard. Tools set down as if waiting for their owners to return to them to do their jobs. I could see what was once a great idea, let’s get started, now is just a memory labeled, remember when we did that? Then and there the thought came…where is God?
I don’t mean it in the way you’re thinking. I mean what place does God have in these people’s lives?
I watch people come and go around me. Scrolling through social media as people post picks of their newest adventure, newest possession, and I can’t help to think, where is God?
Seems as if so many are wandering around this planet with this God-sized hole that they keep trying fill with other things. Haven’t they heard? Don’t they know that the end is soon? Aren’t they terrified that if they don’t get it right soon that they will be left?
The enemy’s biggest tactic is the art of distraction. Like a magician playing a illusion before your eyes, Satan can get us humans fixated on wants and not needs. He plays on our fleshly desires to have more, be more, and feel more. Whether he uses the desire of power to drive an already driven person, or he uses material things to those who feel entitled to the best because they didn’t have the best growing up. He is lying to many.
New cars, electric car debates, vacations/travel, boats, thrill seeking, adrenaline junkies, plastic surgery, work, work, work, home remodels, brand name shopping, gambling, etc. That hole still cannot be filled because it is a home that can only be filled by God.
I’m not saying these things are wrong, just seems wring when they’re being used to replace a happiness that can only come from our Creator.
As I’m nearing 50 years old, I think about life differently. I think about how many years, if the Lord tarries, I have. I think about the exhausting work it takes to care what others think of me. I think of how having the best of everything does not matter. What only matters is….
Will I make it? Will my name be called? Will my children and husband be in that line with me? Will they cast their crowns at His feet? How can anything else in this world matter than that?
What about those who knew Him and walked away? Who are watching Revelation play out in front of them, yet turn their heads from the future. How can any of them think they have much more time?
Does anyone else feel this urgency? Does anyone else feel frustrated to watch people fill themselves with anything else beside God?