DayBreaks for 8/02/18: For the Love of the World
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2008:
Can I tell you something? In many ways, I love this world. What do I mean? I don’t mean that I love the “world” in the sense of fallen behaviors, sin, diseases, disasters and the like. I am sick and tired of such things. So please understand that when I say that I love the world, I mean that I’m fascinated by the beauty of creation: the starry canopy above, the roaring power of the ocean, the sheer majesty of mountains, the gurgling of the brook, the touch of the wind. There are so many places I’d like to see: the pyramids (this has been a life-long dream that may or may not ever come true), the African wildlife, the grandeur of Alaska and the Himalayas. I’d love to watch kangaroos hopping around in Australia, to see the fjords of Sweden and Norway, to watch the cold waters of the North Sea crash against the coastline of Scotland. I’d love to visit Machu Piccu in Peru and see the part of New Zealand where Lord of the Rings was filmed. I would like to see the Great Wall – and I’d like to see Antarctica up close and personal. Will I ever see all those places? I’m sure I won’t – and in fact, I’m fairly resigned to not seeing very many, if any, of them at all.
I love the world. It is my Father’s world, after all. He made it – and may I say, He did a pretty spectacular job of it.
Why do we love this world so much? As was true of so many things, I think C. S. Lewis was right on top of it when he wrote at the end of the Chronicles of Narnia: It was the Unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed, and then cried: ‘I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this.’
There is it: …the old Narnia…sometimes looked a little like this. The very finest things and places in this world enchant us so because they remind us of our real home…the real Narnia, where Aslan/Christ lives and rules and where sin has not touched even the tiniest blade of grass – nor will it ever do so. My love of the things I’ve listed above is a reassurance to me that I will love what is in the Heavenly Kingdom that is still ahead of me.
Can’t you hear the siren call in your soul to such places? Let that pull you forward, out of the muck and mire of this world and lead us to be heavenly-minded children of the Great King.
2 Peter 3:13 (NASB) – But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
PRAYER: Thank you, mighty God, for giving us a creation filled with such delights! Thank you for the echoes of eternity you have placed in our hearts that call us home to you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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